MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday said it expects winners in next year’s elections to cooperate with the executive branch, as the period to file certificates of candidacy came to pass.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the administration hopes that the winners of the upcoming elections, regardless of their party, will “reinforce the President’s endeavors in fulfilling the public’s call for genuine and meaningful change.”
“Given the high level of appreciation exhibited by the people in favor of this administration, we look forward to newly elected officials in Congress coordinating with us towards the advancement of vital pieces of legislation that ensure the promotion of the people’s welfare,” Panelo said in a statement.
“We are similarly eager to work with our 2019 chosen leaders at the local level for convergences and operations for peace and order, social welfare and disaster risk management, among others.”
President Rodrigo Duterte has enjoyed the support of the so-called supermajority at the House of Representatives, which has swiftly passed his legislative priorities and blocked attempts to impeach him.
This, however, was not always the case in the Senate, where some senators, even those seen to be supportive of the President, expressed reservations over some of the administration’s legislative priorities, such as the revival of the death penalty and the shift to federalism.
It may be an uphill climb for Duterte’s closest allies seeking Senate seats, as majority of those who have emerged on top of recent senatorial surveys are reelectionists and comebacking senators who have, in one way or another, exhibited independence from the administration.
Panelo said with the public continuing to trust Duterte, “we implore leaders emerging triumphant from the upcoming democratic process to work with the present administration hand in hand for the benefit of all.”
“This way, we do not only become more effective public servants, but more importantly, we become the bastion of the democratic voice of our people,” he added.