Marcos admin needs 'the best and the brightest' –Imee

Published May 26, 2022, 10:00 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Imee Marcos today (May 26() advised her younger brother, President-elect Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., to get the best snd brightest from other political camps to help him realize his objective of an economically-strong Philippines.

During a radio interview today Marcos said this pool of ‘’best snd brightest’’ would form a ‘’team of rivals’’ who shares his brother’s vision of a dynamic Republic that starts with the younger sibling taking his oath as the 17th President of the Republic on June 30.

The President-elect earlier selected Arsenio Balisacan to head the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), a post Balisacan held during the Noynoy Aquino administration. The Marcos and Aquino families are political enemies.

The lady lawmaker expressed hopes that an ‘’all hands on deck’’ approach by her brother would push the nation to move forward.

Marcos, chairwoman of the Senate economic affairs committee, said this and other suggestions are just part of her ‘’wish list’’ because she is not a member of the transition team.

The lady senator said the Marcos family endured the pain and insults inflicted by anti-Marcos forces as a result of the martial law administration of her father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.

She expressed optimism that her brother would select the good programs of their father.

Marcos said her mother, the former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos, 92, appeared energized and smiling during last night’s proclamation of her brother as the President-elect by National Board of Canvassers of the Senate and the House of Representatives at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

She said the Marcos family is glad that the more than 16 million vote gap between her brother’s record- breaking 31 million votes and Vice President Leni Robredo was a way of Filipinos giving the Marcoses a second chance.

The incoming Marcos administration, according to Senator Marcos, would push through with President Duterte’s ‘’Build, Build, Build’’ program which is similar to her late father’s infrastructure program.

This would complement an aggressive information technology infrastructure and ‘’green infrastructure,’’ she said.

She envisions the construction of hospitals in the country as she cited the positive effects of the past Marcos administration’s Heart Center, Lung Center and other projects in containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Marcos also said improving the agriculture sector would get her brother’s attention as 80 percent of the wages of Filipino families go to food.

She said the focus would be on Mindanao which has the potential in improving the country’s economy.