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Sara seeks end to politicking

Since the campaign and elections are over, it is time that we forget the colors that make us disunited.

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Incoming Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday celebrated the landslide victories she and presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. scored Monday, urging all Filipinos to end all political divisiveness so the country can move forward.

To be appointed by Marcos Jr. as his Education Secretary when they are sworn into office on 30 June, Duterte-Carpio appealed for unity during a virtual thanksgiving party with her supporters.

“During the campaign, I said that after the elections, we must forget the colors that have become the hallmark of our politics,” she said lamenting the country’s political polarization.

“Since the campaign and elections are over, it is time that we forget the colors that make us disunited. Let’s end politicking,” President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter added.

She said that all incoming elected officials must take the lead in ensuring that all Filipinos — and not only their supporters — are provided government services.

Based on the partial, unofficial election results being done by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Marcos Jr. and Duterte-Carpio are poised to secure the top two offices in the land by snaring the majority of the votes cast last 9 May.

Marcos Jr. has so far over 31.1 million votes against the 14.8 million of his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo. Duterte-Carpio, on the other hand, has already garnered 31.5 million votes against next candidate, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan’s 9.2 million.

The Senate and House of Representatives will convene in a joint session late this month to canvass the votes and proclaim the winners.

The outgoing Davao City Mayor, Duterte-Carpio called on her supporters to be magnanimous in victory by taking the lead in reconciling with those who supported Robredo and Pangilinan.

“We are the Sana All, tayo ang Sara All. We have to be magnanimous because we are 31.5 million voters. We need them so that we can become a 100-percent nation,” she added.

“You are the winner here. I am just your candidate, your instrument. You brought me to this point in my political career, to serve the people and our country,” she told her supporters. “Because of you, I am here.”

“Bongbong Marcos needs our support now more than ever as the next president of the Philippines, so he can fulfill his mandate,” she added.

Likewise, the National Executive Council of PDP Laban encouraged the public to focus on nation-building.

“The people have spoken, PDP Laban encourages everyone to now focus on nation-building, particularly, as the country recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the party of President Duterte said in a statement.

Also on Friday, Duterte-Carpio vowed to introduce reforms in the education sector, saying the Philippines needs a new generation of disciplined citizens who love their country.

The spokesperson of Marcos Jr., lawyer Vic Rodriguez, has said Duterte-Carpio is qualified to head the Department of Education (DepEd) since aside from being a lawyer, she has the trust of the millions of Filipinos who voted for her

Bongbong’s camp also justified Sara’s qualification to lead DepEd, saying that aside from being a lawyer, she has the trust and confidence of the 31 million Filipinos who voted for her.

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