Her “miraculous” victory is met with euphoria and rejoicing among the majority of the Filipinos. She reaches out to the supporters of other candidates. Although feeling cheated, there is no strong reaction from supporters of Marcos Jr who files a series of election protests and demand a recount.
She appoints people of competence and integrity in the Cabinet and other government positions, she mobilizes the Pink Movement and Civil Society to assist in carrying out her program of government.
She focuses on addressing the pandemic crisis like what she had been doing as vice-president but this time in a grander scale – stopping the spread of the epidemic, assistance to those most affected, etc.
She appropriate policies and systems that address the pandemic, economic and ecological crises are implemented. Good governance with grassroots participation becomes the norm.
The rule of law is upheld. Those responsible for plunder and murder are held accountable. The Department of Justice initiates investigation on abuses and crimes committed during the previous administration.
The government cooperates with the International Criminal Court in the investigation of the extrajudicial killings. System of transparency is put in place to prevent corruption.
The peace process with the National Democratic Front is resumed and a final peace agreement is reached that addresses the roots of armed conflict.
Because she was elected with the support of Church people there is close Church and state collaboration for the common good.
She faces the problem of lack of support from the Senate and House of Representatives if few of her allies win. She has difficulty in passing legislative agenda for reforms and good governance. She also has difficulty with local governments units dominated by traditional politicians and political dynasties.
The Pink Movement can bear pressure on local government officials and promote good governance at the local and grassroots level. New leaders of the same mold as Robredo emerge and are supported that will challenge the traditional political elite and dynasties.
Father Amado Picardal is a Redemptorist priest and human rights and peace advocate. He was executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities. He also served as co-executive secretary of the Commission of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation of the Union of Superiors General in Rome.
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