Supporters of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. are hoping that he will continue the legacy of former president Duterte as he took his oath of office as the country’s 17 president at the National Museum on Thursday, June 30.
(Photo by Jaleen Ramos/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Arjay Dela Cruz, 30, of Navotas City, went to the the Intramuros Golf Course as early as 6 a.m. to witness Marcos Jr. ‘s inauguration.
He is among those who believe that Marcos Jr. will continue the good programs initiated by the Duterte administration.
“Yung administrasyon niya itutuloy lang din naman yung kay President Duterte kaya mas magiging maganda… Sana ipagpatuloy niya lang yung magandang plano niya sa ikauunlad ng ating bansa (His administration will just continue that of President Duterte so it will be good. I hope he will just continue his plans for the progress of our country),” Dela Cruz told Manila Bulletin.
“Kasi maganda naman ang plataporma niya, alam kong magiging maayos, maganda ang future ng mga tao (His platform is good, I know it will be good, the future of the people will be good),” he added.
Another supporter of Marcos Jr., Mike Dela Cruz, 48, a resident of Sampaloc, Manila also expressed hope that he would continue former president Duterte’s programs.
“Ipagpatuloy po yung mga proyekto na nasimulan ng naunang presidente. Magiging maayos, parehas lang naman din, ipagpapatuloy lang rin naman niya (I hope he will continue the projects started by the previous president. It will be good, it’s the same, he will just continue it) he said.
“Dagdagan niyo po ‘yung mga proyekto niya, at ipagpatuloy po ninyo yung mga plataporma niya (Come up with more projects and continue his platforms),” Dela Cruz added.
Sharifa Mastura, 51, came all the way from Mindanao to witness Marcos Jr.’s inauguration.
“Just to support the presidency of Bongbong Marcos, because we want continuity, we support Uniteam. We love PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) so in order to promote continuity, we are here,” she said.
Mastura said she is also hopeful that there will be equality among Muslims and Christians in the administration of Marcos Jr.
“Matalino po siya, Idol ko siya, there’s no question. Dapat masolusyunan ang crisis, lalo na yung sa agriculture, high prices ng gasolina, dapat meron tayong another formula to solve the problem (He’s smart, he’s my idol, there’s no question about that. The crisis must be resolved, especially in agriculture, high fuel prices, we must have another formula to solve the problem),” she pointed out.
“Si Duterte maganda yung pamamalakad niya, sana mahigitan pa niya (Duterte did good. I hope he (Marcos) can do better),” she added.
A family also traveled all the way from Olongapo, Zambales to express their all-out support to Marcos Jr.
“Galing po kami ng Olongapo, Zambales. Ang byahe namin don alas dos, pagdating namin dito alas singko na ng umaga. (We are from Olongapo, Zambales. We traveled at 2 a.m [and] we arrived here at five in the morning),” said 55-year old Rogelio Atanacio.
“Ang inaasahan namin kung ano yung mga pwede niyang maipaabot sa mga Pilipino tulad ng mga proyekto niya, tungkol sa mga pagtatanim – sa agrikultura (What we hope for is what he can convey to Filipinos, such as his projects about farming- in agriculture),” Atanacio added.
For her part, 88 year-old Nena Gabanday, who is a Marcos loyalist, said all she wants from the Marcos Jr.’s administration is food assistance.
Gabanday said she has been selling cigarettes and candies in Binondo, Manila for almost four decades now.
Amelita Cadacia, 50, a resident of Abad Santos, Manila, said she was also one of those who voted for Marcos Jr. hoping for change and peace in the country.
“Gusto ko yung maraming pagbabago katulad sa mga bilihin habang tumatagal pataas ng pataas, gusto ko yung may katahimikan yung bansa, pagkakaisa (I want changes, especially in the prices of basic commodities which have been going up. I want the country to have peace, unity),” she said.
“Sana yung ginawa ni President Duterte, sana higitan niya pa (I hope that he’ll do more than what President Duterte did),” she added.