President Duterte, in his last few weeks as chief executive, has apologized for his shortcomings, has left words of advice to the next administration, and even called out a “friend” Russian President Vladimir Putin to tell him that he’s not waging a just war in Ukraine.

And in the final stretch of her own stint as the second highest official of the land, Vice President Leni Robredo has left instructions that programs undertaken by her office be stopped by May 31, 2022, to pave the way for the transition to her successor Sara Duterte.

Meanwhile, incoming President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has confirmed the inclusion of four more personalities to his Cabinet, namely Cavite Rep. Crispin “Boying Remulla (justice), Bienvenido Laguesma (labor), Arsenio Balisacan (NEDA), and Susan “Toots” Ople (migrant workers).

The transition to the next administration progresses to its next step today with the start of the canvassing of votes for President and Vice President by Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

These are among the top stories this Tuesday morning, May 24, 2022.

PH, JAPAN TIES – Presumptive president Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (right) welcomes Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko, who paid him a courtesy visit at the BBM Headquarters on Boni EDSA Monday morning, May 23,2022. Marcos told Kazuhiko that he intends to further strengthen ties and expand  areas of cooperation between the two countries once he formally assumes office on June 30, 2022.( Photo from the BBM Media Office)
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