By Andrew Jonathan S. Bagaoisan
DAVAO CITY— In the city of pomelos and durians, it’s business as usual under the scorching sun.
The streets bustle only with the rush-hour jams of vehicles driving under the mandatory 30-kph speed limit. Pedestrians shy away from the elements at high noon, except for the occasional street hawker peddling beads.
If not for the campaign posters that sparsely dot this city, you would hardly notice that it’s election season.
It still qualifies as quiet here, much as it was in the days that led to an election that has elevated Davao City and its most famous resident to national and international prominence.
The quiet is also characteristic. This city has gained a reputation as a blueprint for where 16 million Filipinos think the Philippines should be.
But the tranquility masks the mix of anxiety and excitement here, as it did during the countdown to the May 9 vote.