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We have a Vice President who wants to take the bus and a President who wants to take the plane home to Davao on a daily basis.
What have we gotten ourselves into?
Never mind the bus, but I’m a bit concerned about the plane rides.
First of all, it’s bad for the environment and it’s costly.
Second, it’s bad for his health. Sorry, but I find flying very stressful. He’s not the youngest. I’m also concerned about his heart and his stomach. I do hope he’s getting good medical advice.

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Why can’t the President live in Manila and just go to Davao on the weekends?
Seriously, I’m very afraid.
I get that he’s unconventional because I’m unconventional.
He doesn’t want to wear a barong, like I don’t even want to wear a gown, heels, and jewelry. Ever.
I get that he wants to start his day at 1 PM because I start my day around that time.
But I’m not the President.

Before you think I’m one of those people who want him to fail, I’m not.
Even though I didn’t vote, I wanted Duterte to win so badly. I wanted him to win because I saw our maids and drivers passionate about this election. I saw that they felt a connection with Duterte, instead of the elitist/DBF (de buena famille) candidates. They didn’t want the corrupt one either.

My heart sank when he made the rape joke. Seriously, I felt feverish for a day and had to stay in bed. I thought it was game over. But people got over it, I got over it.
I continued to see red flags like this photo of his lawyer with GMA (sans neck brace).

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But I chose to sweep all of it under the rug. Mostly because the “yellowtards” were so nasty, including ABS-CBN News. They were and toxic and disgusting, I had to remove, block, mute, unfriend about 300 people online.
There were much black propaganda against Duterte, but the one that outweighed everything for me was the one saying there would be massive cheating on the LP side. For that alone, I wanted to Duterte to win.

On April 26, my husband, our friend Rhoda and I watched Andrea Bocelli at the SM Arena.
After the concert, while walking towards our car, Rhoda and I saw this vehicle, which I thought looked pretty cool, I started taking pictures of it.

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When all of a sudden, this guy came out. He looked like the Piolo Pascual of Davao, with a mole on the same spot as Piolo’s face, but in a hideous, tight printed shirt.
He offered us baller bands and stickers, which Rhoda and I accepted.
“Panalo na ba tayo?” we asked the Piolo of Davao.
“Kung hindi dadayain,” he said.
“Paano kung madaya?”
“Magkakagulo,” he warned.
“Anong klaseng gulo?”
“Manggugulo ang NPA at Abu Sayyaf. Magkakadugo.”

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I started shaking on the way home. Oh God, please don’t let that happened, I prayed. I’m so scared.
My family and I left for Tokyo after that and stayed until after elections.
On May 8, while my boys and I were having dinner in Roppongi, we watched a livestream of Duterte’s phenomenal miting de avance which showed everyone who really had the numbers.

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But I was very afraid of some people who went onstage that night. First, Chavit Singson.

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Second, the man in the gold outfit.

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Third, Duterte couldn’t stop cursing and talking about killing. I watched until I fell asleep.
When I woke up, I got this message in my head:

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I thought, Grace Poe is the one that makes sense, though I knew she had no chance.
What would I have done if I had voted?
Elections went peacefully, Duterte and Robredo were proclaimed today, though I wish Duterte had gone to the proclamation because we all wanted to see him.
What could he not have delayed for one day to attend this proclamation?

I’m trying to look for a prayer for the new President to help him finish his term and fulfill his promises to the people. The good promises.
I can’t wait to watch the inauguration on TV. I want to see if he will wear a barong and leather shoes. I really want him to succeed because I love our country.
If you have any good prayer to share, please leave a comment below.
But please refrain from leaving negative comments here because we’ve all suffered from election fatigue and it’s time to move on. Let’s hope for the best.

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you didn’t want negative but you continue to speak ill of people like GMA and Chavit.
pray again for yourself first. you are not as clean as you think you are.

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CVS Reply:

Same to you

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Louella Maria Santiago Suque

I agree with you about how painful it is to watch the President’s press conferences. I had rallied for him during the heat of the election campaign and am still rallying for him and now I feel obligated to defend him every time he said something out of line or rude. Now for the prayer, I am sharing St. Francis of Assisi’s. Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there… Read more »

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Jin Ssi

insightful post. i didn’t vote for him, i don’t like, i don’t think I will ever like him, because his principles are totally different with mine, BUT like you. i want the best for this country. rather than focus on the leaders, i now focus on the poor people, who don’t have the luxury to take the bus or plane on daily basis, but still work their ass of for a living by walking. These people needs us. people who have the passion to change (for the better) how things are getting things done in this country. Id like to… Read more »

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Andrea Zulueta

hi ats! relax and let him lead 🙂 i have hope!

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CVS Reply:

thanks Drea. Miss you!!!

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hiddendragon

People in the Duterte camp says the media is biased against them. The Roxas camp says the same. So this really depends on where you stand; the media, and everybody else, at this point is really between a rock and a hard place. Duterte won, that’s that, but those who funded him are coming are coming out of the woodwork to claim the spoils of war.

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MECarlos

This is the only country we have. I was one of those who wanted change & considered Duterte for president. However, unlike many others, I started looking at other candidates as early as when the videos of his kissing women started circulating & when the online trolls started bullying anyone who doesn’t support Duterte, mainly because I am a woman & a mother. Nevertheless, I am ready to get out of my comfort zone and see what our new president has in store for us. But honestly? I am having difficulty even thinking about this because of the confusing &… Read more »

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milen samonte

“The end does not justify the means.” By change I hope he means a peaceful change through honest and good means. Red flags for me since the day he went undecided whether to run for presidency or not. As they say, para sa tunay na pabago-bago. So when exactly do we take you seriously sir? I voted for RoRo but I will support the incoming administration only because I have high hopes for a better Philippines. I do pray this guy would prove wrong.

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I know the feeling of being afraid of what he’s doing right now, even if I support him. It can make you say “uh-oh…” but somehow I’m still hoping and praying that he knows what he’s doing. I still put in my mind that what he accomplished in Davao, he did it by doing things his own way, and in the end he succeeded with a lot of things, with the people still behind him and supporting him. I just hope it all works that way on a national level.

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JRuiz

Sorry, I’m really trying to be positive, but statements like these make it so hard for me to like him, much less pray for him. (For the record, I’m not for Mar Roxas or any of the presidentiables, lest you say I’m biased.) The 34 journalists (of the 56 victims) who died in Ampatuan Maguindanao must be stirring in their graves right now. We must remind ourselves to always be on his good side. Otherwise, we may find ourselves on the wrong side of the gun. As a newspaper columnist and an outspoken social media influencer, you have more things… Read more »

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Jay Lozada

Where’s the Piolo of Davao photo?

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CVS Reply:

ayoko i-post . afraid!

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Jay Lozada Reply:

e-mail mo na lang sa akin!! LOL

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MECarlos Reply:

Oh my, so this means they are effective in intimidating? 🙁

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03godot .

The man with a gold chain is Professor Jose David Lapuz. No idea if he still teaches at UST. He was my professor in Rizal. That time, he was also handling subjects in Political Science (like International Relations). He is a Rizalista and the neck piece I think is worn by someone assuming a position in the Rizal movement. He is considered by some students as weird but many of my friends from Pol Sci regard him with deep respect. Just sharing….. [Reply]Jay Lozada Reply:June 1st, 2016 at 1:08 AMOMG! Buhay pa pala si Profe. My friends and I used… Read more »

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Jay Lozada

OMG! Buhay pa pala si Profe. My friends and I used to see him in Winchell’s Donut in Cubao in the 80s.

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Rachel Ac

I read that Schwarzenegger rode his personal jet daily when he governed California – so its not so uncommon… I too am curious to see if the new president will lead to better changes – and so far, he’s following the corporate text book guidelines of leading by creating the sense of urgency, having folks jump on his bandwagon, developing his vision… I just hope his strategy is realistic and empowers the right people to help with the (hopefully) positive changes.

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Leilani Sonza

Chavit ever the leech

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Angela G. Magpayo

Hi Cecile, I recommend James 3:17 as a guide for praying for our new leaders :

“The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

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Bella

I didn’t vote for Digong because I think he is full of BS but I don’t want Digong to fail, for the sake of the country but he hasn’t been inaugurated yet and already there are so many red flags. I’m not sure how he is going to turn his battle-cry “Change is coming” into reality when his campaign was largely anchored on lies, mudslinging and black prop and many of those whom he wants to have in his cabinet are people of questionable integrity from past administrations. For the first time, I want to be proven wrong. I don’t… Read more »

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Michelle Frey

Please enlighten me about Chavit Singson and why he’s scary?

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Leilani Sonza Reply:

https://midfield.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/the-chavit-singson-rachel-tiongco-scandal-deepens/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chavit_Singson
http://pakvim.net/watch/5gEeMDYWmJE

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Michelle Frey Reply:

Thanks! Other than his habit of attaching himself to celebrities like Pacquiao, which is annoying af, I didn’t know much about him. Funny how one of the articles describes him as “handsome”?? Like hell he is ?

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Michelle Frey

Thanks! Other than his habit of attaching himself to celebrities like Pacquiao, which is annoying af, I didn’t know much about him. Funny how one of the articles describes him as “handsome”?? Like hell he is ?

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besYS

“Cities with serious problems need extraordinary people.” – Tony Bourdain*

Pres. Duterte is clearly an extraordinary person.
I’m a supporter of PNoy, Mar Roxas and VP Leni… but any good Filipino, Pres. Duterte has my support. I pray that God always touch his heart to know what’s right from wrong. God Bless him.

*New Jersey, Parts Unknown.

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Grace Beltran Visquera

Hi Ms. Cecille, I pray that to God that He touch and guide the heart of our incoming president. I believe that it is God’s will for Duterte to win as He (God) is sovereign. I find many things about Duterte that is unconventional and ungodly but I cling on to the hope that God will use him to bring about change in our country, just like how he used people in the bible who are imperfect and ungodly to lead His people. At this point in time, I agree with you that we need to pray for our leaders.… Read more »

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CCL

http://www.chavdaministries.org/Groups/1000047671/Chavda_Ministries_International/The_Watch/Prayer_Arsenal/Prayer_for_President/Prayer_for_President.aspx [Reply]Flor Reply:May 31st, 2016 at 10:39 PMFirst time i heard him speak, I was blown away, his no nonsense take on politics and ” i don’t give a rats ass” attitude got me hooked. This man is finally saying what the Filipino has been scared to say or talk about. Whether or not he can do it, I already admire him for trying, because NO ONE before him ever did. I left the Philippines 27 years ago, when i heard him say, his dream is to one day see to it that no Filipino citizen would have to leave… Read more »

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Flor

First time i heard him speak, I was blown away, his no nonsense take on politics and ” i don’t give a rats ass” attitude got me hooked. This man is finally saying what the Filipino has been scared to say or talk about. Whether or not he can do it, I already admire him for trying, because NO ONE before him ever did. I left the Philippines 27 years ago, when i heard him say, his dream is to one day see to it that no Filipino citizen would have to leave the country for greener pasture, i cried.… Read more »