What did President Marcos say in his inaugural speech? Here are the key points

June 30, 2022 - 1:31 PM
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Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, delivers a speech after taking oath as the 17th President of the Philippines, during the inauguration ceremony at the National Museum in Manila, Philippines, June 30, 2022. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Signaling the beginning of the administration of the 17th President, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivered his inaugural speech at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

READ: FULL TEXT: Inaugural speech of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr

Here is a summary of what he talked about in his speech.

Reflection from presidential campaign

  • You the people have spoken, it is resounding.
  • I offended none of my rivals in this campaign, I listened instead to what they were saying.
  • I did not think of rebutting my rivals, I listened to you, I did not lecture on who has the biggest stake in our success.

‘Unity’

  • When my call for unity started to resonate with you, it did so because it echoed your yearnings, mirrored your sentiments, and expressed your hopes for family, for country, and for a better future
  • By your vote, you rejected politics of division
  • Pinakinggan ko ang tinig nyo na ang sinisigaw ay pagkakaisa, pagkakaisa, pagkakaisa
  • I was not the instrument of change, you were that, you made that happen
  • I fully understand the gravity of responsibility you put upon my shoulders; I do not take it lightly but I am ready for the task.
  • I would need your help, I want to rely on it
  • I will get it done
  • You will get no excuses from me
  • We can trust no one but ourselves
  • We are filipinos, one nation, one republic, indivisible
  • Solutions from the outside divided us.
  • Be always open to different views.
  • Our future we decide today.

Dreams for the nation

  • I listened to you and this is what I’ve heard: we all want peace in our land
  • Your dreams are mine. Pangarap niyo ay pangarap ko.
  • Sa pangarap na maging mapayapa ang bansa, ang pangarap niyo ay pangarap ko.
  • Sa pangarap maging mas maunlad ang bansa, ang pangarap niyo ay pangarap ko
  • Sa pangarap na maging masinang ang kinabukasan natin at ng ating mga anak, ang pangarap niyo ay pangarap ko
  • No looking back in anger or nostalgia
  • The road ahead, the immediate months will be rough, but I’ll walk that road with you.

International relations

  • We face prospects of the war abroad, of which we are totally blameless.
  • We seek friendship with all, but countries like our will bear the brunt of it.
  • Then came Ukraine. The most vulnerable when it comes to food are countries far away from the conflict. They face the biggest risk of starvation.
  • There is a parallel problem in our energy supply.
  • A free world awash with oil can ensure supplies, or we will find a way; we are not away from oil and gas reserves that have already been developed

Food sufficiency or agriculture

  • The role of agriculture cries for attention.
  • Food self-sufficiency has been the promise of every administration. None but one delivered.
  • There were inherent defects in the old ways and in recent ways too.
  • Food sufficiency must get preferential treatment the richest free trade countries always gave their agricultural sectors

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Education

  • What we touch in our schools, the materials used must be rethought.
  • I am not talking about history, I am talking about the basis–the sciences, the sharpening theoretical aptitude, and imparting vocational skills, such as in the German example alongside the National language with equal emphasis and facility in global language, which we had and lost.
  • Once, we had an education system that prepared coming generations for more and better jobs. There is hope for a comeback.
  • Vice President and soon-to-be Secretary of Education Sara Duterte will fit that mission.

Overseas Filipino Workers

  • Let us give all the OFWs all they need to survive and to thrive
  • Our nurses are the best in the world
  • I am confident because I have Susan Ople in my Cabinet.

COVID-19 pandemic response

  • We will not be caught unprepared, unequipped, and understaffed to fight the next pandemic.
  • There were shortcomings in the covid response
  • We will fix the covid response
  • No more secrets in public health
  • We did it in the pandemic and we would do it again

Infrastructure

  • I will complete as scheduled the projects that have been started.
  • We will be presenting a comprehensive infrastructure plan.
  • Six years could be just about enough time
  • No part of the country will be neglected

 Climate change 

  • We have a part to play, we are the third biggest plastic polluter in the world, but we will clean up.

Promises on what lies ahead

  • You will not be disappointed so do not be afraid
  • There will be changes starting tomorrow
  • Ready to spare the last ounce of courage and sacrifice
  • If you ask me why I am so confident of the future: I have 110 million reasons to start with you. Such is my faith in the Filipinos
  • Believe, have hope. The sun also rises like it did today and as it will tomorrow.
  • We will achieve a country all Filipinos deserve. God bless the Philippines. God bless our work.