Unifying President

Unifying President

President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.

With all of the bad things that are happening in the world right now, I think we need a message of togetherness and true unity. I believe that starts with personal reflection and then we can find kindness toward each other.

— American author Marielle Heller

BEFORE anything else, let me share a comment from a friend and mentor, Al Pedroche of the Star Group:

It’s not the son but the father!

Frankly, the youngish looks of Bongbong Marcos are gone. What I see is the image of Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. from his articulation and gesticulation.

He speaks and acts with an uncanny resemblance to his late father. As I watch him talk in public dressed in a polo barong similar to that donned by his Father, I’m tempted to say he is possessed by the soul of the old Marcos.

I see the older Marcos afire with determination to vindicate himself and his family against the vilification they all suffered for many decades.

I have the gut feeling that Marcos’ top priority is the redemption of his much-maligned name.


There is so much truth in this and we hope BBM would be a better President than all of his predecessors from Rodrigo Duterte all the way to our very first (as they say) president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.

EVEN before he was proclaimed the elected President by both Houses of Congress—actually even before the May 9 general elections and during his campaign sorties—incoming president Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (BBM)’s battlecry had been one about unity and ending the divisiveness so pronounced in the rivalry between his camp and that of graduating vice president Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo.

Some had doubts whether he would be true to this advocacy but in what we consider as a sign of living by his ‘appeal for unity—made during the election campaign period—he has unexpectedly nominated erstwhile National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) administrator Arsenio Balisacan to once again serve in the same position he occupied during the time of the country’s 15th president, the late Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.

By BBM’s admission, Balisacan is an old friend who had worked with him extensively during his time as governor of Ilocos Norte. The man Bongbong identified, is an experienced economist with an extensive high level of policymaking practice and a well-recognized scholarship in Asia on economic development, poverty and inequality, competition policy, and the political economy of policy reforms.

So, as the new president’s NEDA chief, Balisacan is expected to push for a quicker implementation of passed programs of the Duterte administration—being a firm believer in continuity and with him around, he could be the all-important link the country needs to address the efforts of an Aquino and a Marcos in uplifting the plight of poor Filipinos.

President-elect Bongbong Marcos has asked the nation to pray for him and wish him well as he faces the daunting task of leading a country still recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

“I want to do well for this country,” he stressed.

And this is what we have prayed for because if Marcos Jr. does really well and brings prosperity to those who strive for a better life (we say this because apparently there are some of our countrymen who have forgotten that old tenet which says “hard work means success”).

If BBM brings unity then it would not be difficult for us to see the silver lining amidst the darkened clouds that would bring us hope. We have prayed in serious supplication to God Almighty for Him to bless Bongbong with His Spirit so that our new president would have the mindset of focusing on the welfare of the Filipino people rather than being mindful of those whom he owes for his election as President of the Republic.

But I believe he has the fire that his father had when he desired to bring the Philippines to its glory. Bongbong just needs to stay on the righteous path and we believe he has the resolve to do this without question.

Like what he has said, a unified Filipino nation would awaken the tiger in us!

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