MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In a rare and unexpected development, the Philippines’ top political adversaries have banded together and signed a unity accord, virtually dismantling what was once known as the “opposition.”
It shocked even the closest allies of Duterte, but it was devastating news for the likes of former President NoyNoy Aquino, defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas, Senator Alfonso Trillanes and FilAm millionaire Loida Nicolas-Lewis.
The unity accord all but crushed the “oust Duterte” movement and paved the way for six years of harmony and understanding which many saw as the key to the country’s progress.
President Rodrigo Duterte, VP Leni Robredo, Senator Leila De Lima and former Senator and VP candidate Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos agreed to set aside their differences after unconfirmed reports indicated that former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg authored a blueprint aimed at destabilizing and discrediting the Duterte administration. Political observers are calling it a case of “blood is thicker than water.”
As part of the unity accord, all investigations on the alleged extrajudicial killings under Duterte’s war on drugs will be stopped; all charges filed against De Lima will be dropped; VP Robredo has agreed to a gag order; and Marcos, though reluctantly, will withdraw his electoral protest case for the vice presidency.
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