Davao officials laud Obama’s reelection

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – Officials here welcomed the re-election of Unites States President Barrack Obama who handidly defeated Gov. Mitt Romney in what could be a bitter and historically expensive race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states.

“The re-election of US Pres. Barrack Obama augurs well for the Phil-US relations. What was started by Pres. Obama and the Pnoy administration can now proceed and further strengthen in terms of economic, diplomatic, security and scientific cooperation,” said Third District Rep. Isidro Ungab, who chairs the powerful house committee’s ways and means.

Ungab said that “as long-term partners, the successes of the Obama administration will surely trickle down to the Philippines which has lately shown its vast economic potentials as a rising economic tiger in Asia.”

First District Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles congratulated Obama for his hard-earmed victory.

“Now that the dust has settled, we hope that President Obama will lend an ear to the voices from multiple sides on the various issues that surfaced during the campaign – on the economy, healthcare and foreign policy, among others,” Nograles said.

He said that “we wish that the President will rise from this election as a unifying force for America to bring a stronger economy, a healthier citizenry and to bring peace. We also hope his administration will benefit the Filipino-American communities, our Filipinos working in the US, our veterans, and of course, the Philippines as we pursue various partnerships and collaborations for our mutual economic growth, progress and peace.”

Another official, Digos Mayor Joseph Peñas was also all praises for Obama.

“That’s expected. He deserved it. He is a great leader with a vision.” Peñas said in a text message.

Obama beat Romney after nabbing almost every one of the 12 crucial battleground states.

The Romney campaign’s last-ditch attempt to put blue-leaning Midwestern swing states in play failed as Obama’s Midwestern firewall sent the president back to the White House for four more years. Obama picked up the swing states of New Hampshire, Michigan, New Mexico, Iowa, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Ohio. Of the swing states, Romney picked up only North Carolina. Florida is still too close to call, but even if Romney wins the state, Obama still beat him in the Electoral College vote. The popular vote will most likely be narrower than the president’s decisive Electoral College victory.

In his victory speech, Obama thanked every American who voted, and vowed to work with leaders from both parties to tackle the country’s challenges.

“Our economy is recovering, a decade of war is ending, a long campaign is now over,” he told a crowd of cheering supporters in Chicago. “And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president.” Obama added he has “never been more hopeful about America. … We’re not as divided as our politics suggest. We remain more than a collection of blue states and red states.”

In his speech, he offered clues to the policy goals of his second term, which included a deficit reduction plan that combines tax increases with spending cuts, a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s federal immigration laws and tax reform. He called on Republicans to join him in achieving those goals.

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