I DEFERRED writing this post-election column till I got hold of the official results of the national and local elections held on May 9, 2022.

Surely, I will not rely solely on the predictions of survey firms on who's winning and who did not win.

Definitely, these forecasters have set the trend for the eventual winners. The die is cast then.

Everybody is expecting big relief from the new leaders. Everyone is hoping that the new president would fulfill his/her election promises and make good his/her word.

The country has suffered so much due to the deleterious effects of the global pandemic. It is about time that tremendous relief be given the country by way of a strong, proactive national leadership.

Agriculture, businesses, and almost every sector have registered negligible results due to massive inflation, uncertain economic factors and almost poor governance.

The next president should reinvigorate the build, build, build program of the Duterte administration, the only project which merits favorable review. Other than this program, no other project deserves our praise and recognition.

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There is a rumor that the powerful religious group or bloc dared to go to the highest bidder to give its nod. Pataasan daw ang ibibigay. E kung mahina ang pera, kumusta ka na?

Elections are a fertile source of income for enterprising individuals and organizations. A considerable amount of money has plowed into the economic system of the country. What about the contributions from foreign donors? Definitely, they are amounts not to sneeze at.

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Moving forward is the best alternative for the country as it recovers from the doldrums of a weak economy.

It pays to reprint here what the former speaker of the House Jose de Venecia wrote in his column:It will be difficult for the next president to carry out his national agenda under a highly polarized nation especially with the magnitude of problems and challenges facing our country, like the post COVID 19 recovery, the P13 trillion (!) domestic and foreign borrowings our country incurred due to the pandemic, the lingering dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea and the effects of the seeming protracted war in Ukraine.

The incoming president will definitely have his hands full as he is sworn to the office of the presidency come June 30, 2022.