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Messages from Bongbong

After the election last May 9, 2022, the office of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has sent me a series of press releases that I think are informative and the people can feel the sentiment of the country’s 17th chief executive.

In a press release dated May 16 through Bongbong’s staff Maria Pedroche, the next President has expressed his gratitude to hundreds of thousands of teachers, poll workers, and volunteers who took to the frontlines in ensuring the peaceful, honest, orderly, and credible conduct of the historic May 9 elections.

In the same press statement, Marcos described as awe-inspiring the heroism and sacrifice shown by the teachers, poll watchers, and volunteers throughout the country in ensuring that the last election would be held smoothly and successfully.

“Talaga namang pinahanga ninyo kami ng husto. Ang ipinakita ninyong pagmamalasakit at sakripisyo ang isa sa gagamitin naming inspirasyon ni Inday Sara Duterte para paglingkuran ng maayos ang ating bansa,” Marcos said.

“Nakita namin ang inyong hirap at sacripisyo. Iyong pagtitiyaga sa kabila ng mainit na panahon, pagpupuyat, pagod, pawis ang panganib. Wala po tayong magamit na isang salita upang maipaabot namin ni Inday Sara ang taos-puso naming pasasalamat sa inyo,” Marcos added.

Aside from them, Marcos also saluted the entire Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and all force multipliers who stood their grounds against lawless elements, and displayed utmost patience and bravery in maintaining peace and order throughout the entire campaign period until the actual election day.

“You (soldiers and police officers) have shown remarkable professionalism and dedication in performing your sworn duties. Your courage and heroism have helped the entire nation in hurdling the many challenges brought by the past elections,” he said.

In the same press release, Marcos said he was in favor of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) request to give an additional P3,000 allowance to all teachers and non-teaching personnel who served as members of the Electoral Board.

To recall, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones asked Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan to give an additional P3,000 to all the teachers who provided election services.

Marcos stressed the amount mentioned by Briones is justifiable pointing out that the services and sacrifices they provided were actually unquantifiable.

He also expressed hope that the compensations, honoraria and other allowances of all teachers will be given before May 24 as stipulated in COMELEC Resolution No. 10727.

According to DepEd, there were around 647,812 teachers and non-teaching personnel who performed services and duties in the last elections.

Of the said number, DepEd said that about 319,000 teachers sat as members of the Electoral Board, while about 200,000 DepEd personnel served as supervisory election officials, in collaboration with the COMELEC personnel.

In a separate press release, the office of Marcos said that two of the most influential business groups in the country have expressed willingness to work with the new president to help sustain the economic growth targets that will hasten the country’s economic recovery post-Covid-19.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) issued separate statements last May 10 in support of Marcos, who is poised to assume the country’s top post with his sizeable lead in the recent election.

“Let’s give the incoming administration time to draw up and share their plans in making our country more progressive. Let’s stay positive,” PCCI President George Barcelon said in a statement sent to the media.

On the other hand, the JFC a coalition of chambers with more than 3,000 member companies, is looking forward to working with the Marcos administration to ensure the Philippines’ recovery from the pandemic.