DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipinos may just have commemorated their Independence Day last June 12, but already, a second celebration is in the offing, courtesy of President-elect Rod Duterte.
The Davao City Mayor has signed his first Executive Order that will take effect one minute after he is sworn into office at noon on June 30.
The order, titled, “An Act To Declare A Second Independence Day For All Filipinos,” is in recognition of the end of the yellow government rule which has gripped the nation in the last six years.
It is common knowledge among Filipinos that under the Aquino administration, the government was one of the yellow people, by the yellow people and for the yellow people. Even supposedly nationalistic symbols have been taken over by yellow ribbons and yellow t-shirts. Filipinos have seen six years of progress, opportunity, recognition and fringe benefits, but only for those who subscribed to the whims and ambitions of the Aquino government and the ruling Liberal Party.
In issuing the order, Duterte said it was time for the country to return to the true colors of red, white and blue. “Declaring our independence from the yellow color marks the end of untouchable corrupt and inefficient government officials like Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Honrado and others in agencies like Customs, Internal Revenue and the National Prisons. Also gone are the days of privileged celebrities like Cynthia Patag, Jim Paredes and Leah Navarro,” Duterte added.
To make the new national holiday more meaningful, the Duterte administration will provide complimentary admission to the Hollywood film, “Independence Day,” currently showing in theaters nationwide. The free admission will only be for moviegoers who will not be wearing anything with the color yellow.