FORMER Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s inauguration as the country’s 17th President on June 30 comes at a “critical time,” when we are confronted with so many problems.
In fact, a great majority of the Filipino people, now numbering more than 110 million, are in the de-energizing grip of grinding poverty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a devastated domestic economy, this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking and election-crazy people ought to act now – and fast.
This, if President Marcos and his trusted lieutenants, notably his economic managers led by Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, want their visions to take shape as soon as possible.
“The public wants to see in the first 100 days of the administration the unveiling of programs designed to meet the many needs of the burgeoning population,” said a BBM supporter.
The people expect the Marcos’ six-year presidency, which ends on June 30, 2028, to win the war against hunger, poverty, unemployment, homelessness and criminality.
The top priorities of the Marcos government also include the reduction, if not total eradication, of official corruption and addressing the illegal drug problem across the country.
In the recent past, certain key administration officials found themselves on the wrong side of the incumbent Chief Executive on several vital but highly-controversial issues.
“Tuloy nagka-delay-delay ang implementasyon ng ilang mahahalagang programa at proyekto na naglalayong mapabilis ang pag-unlad ng bansa,” said a local government official.
Hopefully, President Marcos and his top officials manage to work in unison for the benefit of the citizens.