editorial.no.50

President-elect Donald J. Trump.  (AP photo)


WE are writing this piece the morning after the last elections.

Literally and symbolically, it’s a bright morning in America.

After what The New York Times’ Eric Thayer wrote describing the past campaign season in this country as “explosive, populist and polarizing,” it’s morning in America.

The election season, despite its divisiveness is a triumph of the democratic way of life in this country, which is the envy of other nations.

President-elect Donald J. Trump called on the American people to already be united now that the elections are over.

He said in part in his victory speech, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

Mrs. Hillary Clinton accepted her defeat by asking Americans to support the new President-elect and to give him a chance to lead.

Let’s collectively say it’s another bright day for American democracy.

The people have spoken.

The voice of the American people prevailed.

That’s democracy, the American way.

Another good morning in America!

Now, what could a Trump victory mean for the native country and for the “Trump of the East” Duterte?

President Duterte has seemed to have changed his tune the day after the U.S. elections.

He greeted Mr. Trump “Mabuhay ka!” (Live on!).

The Philippine President sounded friendlier to U.S., but not apologetically, when he spoke before the Filipino community while visiting Malaysia earlier in the week.

He said he would not be pugnacious against America now that Mr. Trump is President.

Although, the PH President gave no assurance he would change his approach in PH-U.S. relations.

Earlier, he announced a veering away plan from the U.S. in economic and military terms and, instead, seek friendly relations with China and Russia.


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The management and staff of the Filipino Reporter send our warm greetings to all election winners, including Fil-Am Salvador “Buddy” Deauna, who won as Councilman in Bergenfield, N.J.

We also extend our greetings to Fil-Am Councilman Jonathan Wong of Mahwah, who unsuccessfully launched a decent mayoral bid in that New Jersey borough.

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