Philippine President ‘Bongbong’ Marcos delivered his first State of the Nation Address yesterday.
PNC’s Devin Eligio reports on the President’s ambitions for the country…
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 17th Philippine President said, “We will endure. Let our Filipino spirit ever remained undimmed.”
Marcos centered his address around issues the country faces and how he plans to mitigate those issues.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. arrived in style, touching down on Quezon City by helicopter — waving and shaking hands with those that greeted him as he entered the House of Representatives.
Members of the Government, dignitaries, celebrities, and hundreds of distinguished guests came together to hear the newly elected President’s address.
Some key points Marcos addressed include raising the standard of education in the Philippines…
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 17th Philippine President said, “As for the horror stories that we have heard about the poor quality of educational material and supplies that are being given to our schools — this must end!”
… his stance on foreign policy for the country…
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 17th Philippine President said, “I will not preside over any process that will abandon even one square inch of territory of the Republic of the Philippines to any foreign power.”
…and pandemic recovery and strengthening the health system, saying:
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 17th Philippine President said, “We can’t take one more lockdown. We’re not going to do a lockdown.”
Marcos Jr. also highlighted improving the country’s infrastructure, energy use, and disaster response.
While hundreds applauded for the President’s speech, thousands more took to the streets of Quezon City protesting Marcos’s address.
Although the wave of protestors represented different groups — some from LGBTQ community, others from church groups and labor unions — they all voiced that transparency is shown and the public’s needs must be met.
Despite the continuous protests, President Marcos assured…
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 17th Philippine President said, “I know this in my mind, I know it in my heart, I know it in my very soul… the State of the Nation is sound.”
For the Pacific News Center
I’m Devin Eligio