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THE election of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the next president of the Philippines raises hopes that Mindanao will be getting much greater attention than it has received in the past from the national government.

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NEARLY overlooked in the avalanche of news developments related to our recent elections was the report last week that the Indonesian government had announced that it was preparing to execute several prisoners. The report again raised fears about Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, who was saved from execution last year after the Philippine government appealed to President Joko Widodo.

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the results of the national election would be known in two to three days. It certainly delivered on that promise. More important, there is an air of confidence among the people that these have been clean and honest elections.

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THE last election appears to have exposed a gap in our people’s perception of what martial law was all about. Year after year after 1986, the Philippines celebrated the EDSA People Power Revolution that “restored democracy” to the country. People gathered at EDSA to remember how in 1986, over a million people gathered around Camp Crame in support of then Philippine Constabulary chief Fidel V. Ramos and Secretary of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile who had declared they had withdrawn their support for the Marcos government.

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The nation has voted. After months of a heated campaign that threatened to divide families, organizations, and communities, the people went to the polls yesterday and wrote down their choices for president and other officials.

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Finally, it’s May 9, Election Day, and the nation’s voters troop to the precincts all over the country to cast their votes. With the automated elections, the Commission on Elections says the winner in the presidential election will be known within three days.

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