Presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos made his public debut in his “very first address to the nation” speech, just days before his official proclamation under the new administration.
As of May 12, 2022 8:17 a.m., Marcos had already received 31 million votes from election returns transmitted 106,003 out of 107,785 clustered precincts. That is 98.35% of all ERs.
The poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) had received 23,420 physical election returns as of Wednesday night, accounting for 21.73% of total returns.
In a press statement, Marcos stated that he and his executive committee are already preparing for the appointment of several cabinet members and positions in various agencies, which will be critical in the coming years.
“Each department, we’ll have to talk to the specialists in that sector. For example, if we’re about to talk about the agriculture, we’ll have to talk to all the best agriculturists, all the best workers in agriculture that we know. Tanungin natin, “sino kaya ang pwedeng magaling?” The same thing with all the other departments,” Marcos said.
Marcos added that all the departments will have their own advisors.
“I’m continued to be guided by competence and willingness to work with the next administration. We removed, immediately what their political leanings have been. Kung lumaban ba sa atin, kung sumama ba sa atin, that’s not going to be part of the discussion,” he stated and that everyone who is competent and willing to work with the new administration will be welcomed.
Marcos also mentioned the key issues they discussed during the campaign. Priorities will be the economy, energy prices, lack of jobs, education, and infrastructure, all of which will be critical in the next two years.
“I am also guided by the fact that 31 million of our kababayans have voted for unity. And I am guided by that in the sense that I will continue to work for a government, an administration that gives voice to everyone who wants to help. We may not agree, we may not in the end do or do as exactly what they say. But whatever it is, it is not important who the messenger is. The importance is going to be the message,” Marcos added before telling the media that there will be something to announce and continue to inform the public about the latest developments under the new administration in the coming days, if not every day.