By Tracy Cabrera
Newly-designated national security adviser Clarita Carlos. (Photo credits: The Manila Times)
MANILA — Stressing that the Marcos administration will prioritize food, energy, and health to promote national interest over all other concerns, newly appointed national security adviser Clarita Carlos disclosed that President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has expressed his desire to look into all aspects of the country’s relations with the United States, China, India, and Russia as the government will now focus on foreign policies that would benefit the country even more than before.
In a statement after the presidential inauguration of the former senator at the National Museum in Manila, Carlos made the disclosure even as she explained that food, energy, and health were the most important issues that the administration would face while the new president temporarily leads the Department of Agriculture (DA).
“Food security is really our future and he (Marcos) said that food sovereignty is really a major issue, that’s really top most but maybe other than that energy security because the oil prices are running. He inputs, he factors in all our activities from day-to-day, but maybe the third is health security because although the number of Covid surges is still controlled, we will have to prepare for another pandemic-like phenomenon so this is probably the top 3 in the meanwhile that the President has already said,” she pointed out.
When asked about importing oil from Russia, Carlos replied that this proposal will be for consideration by the president due to many factors and courses that would impact on policies of the government towards relations with other countries, particularly the US and its allies.
Still, the Palace official added that all concerns regarding this matter would be discussed in a round of briefings at the National Security Council that would be joined by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and four other line agencies.
Carlos also revealed that the new Chief Executive has not yet given any official statement after joint exploration talks with China were terminated.
“Apart from that, let’s see maybe in the next few days because that is the art of this Duterte administration so let’s see what President Bongbong’s view will be on that problem,” she said. (ai/mtvn)