MANILA, Philippines – Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was inaugurated as the 17th President of the Philippines on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The ceremony was held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila, where his father and former President Ferdinand Marcos used to hold office during his term.
Here are some of the highlights of the President’s inauguration speech:
Marcos said the people had spoken, and their voice was resounding. He said his victory was a historical moment. “I was not the instrument of change, you made it happen,” he told the Filipino people.
He said he has never fought and spoken against his opponents and promoted unity during his political campaign. “By your vote, you rejected the politics of division. I offended none of my rivals in this campaign. I listened instead to what they were saying,” he said.
“I’m here not to talk about the past but to tell you about the future. A future of sufficiency,” he continued.
Marcos assured that the Filipinos would not receive excuses from him. “I believe if we focus on the work at hand and the work that will come to hand, we will go far under my watch,” he said.
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Marcos said that the country has been through bitter division and it’s time to work together to unite as Filipinos. He continued that we should all work to be part of the solution and not contribute to the problems. “Ang pangarap niyo ay pangarap ko,” he said.
“We will back it better,” he said. Marcos said they will work on a “comprehensive, inclusive economic plan.” He reiterated the importance of promoting agriculture and self-sufficiency. Marcos said they would work on food, importation, and energy supply.
“We’ll build back better by doing things better in the light of good and bad experiences we’ve had,” he said.
“Food sufficiency must get preferential treatment the richest free trade countries always gave their agricultural sectors,” Marcos added.
Marcos highlighted the legacy of his father and former President Rodrigo Duterte in terms of infrastructure. He said his government would also follow a comprehensive infrastructure plan. “Six years could be just about enough time. No part of the country will be neglected,” he assured.
Marcos said we would not be left behind in the education sector because he’s confident in the expertise of Vice President Sara Duterte, the incoming education chief.
The President said he would also look into the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). “Let us give all the OFWs all the advantages we can for them to survive and to thrive,” he said.
Marcos said a comprehensive plan to address climate change would be made. The Philippines will seek our international friends to help “clean up.” The country is one of the countries often affected by the disasters caused by climate change.
Ultimately, he assured the Filipino people that we would not be disappointed. “You will not be disappointed, so don’t be afraid,” he said.
Marcos said his confidence stems from his faith in the Filipino people. “If you ask me why I’m so confident of the future, I will answer you simply: I have 110 million reasons to start with. Such is my faith in the Filipino,” he said.
“Believe, have hope. The sun also rises like it did today and as it will tomorrow. As surely as that, we will achieve the country all Filipinos deserve. God bless the Philippines; God bless our work,” Marcos said.
— Sally, The Summit Express