Inauguration speech of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivered his inauguration speech on 30 June 2022, his first day in office as the president of the Republic of the Philippines. The event took place in the National Museum of Fine Arts.[1] He was sworn into office by Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo.[2]

Marcos opened his speech by addressing certain members of the audience, including Australian governor-general David Hurley, Vice President Sara Duterte, and former presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He also greeted his mother, Imelda Marcos; his wife, Liza Marcos; and his children, Sandro Marcos, Joseph Simon Marcos, and William Vincent Marcos.

Marcos spoke in English for much of his address and used Filipino to drive home his points.

The president immediately honed in on the message of unity that characterized his campaign during the elections:

"This is a historic moment for us all. I feel it deep within me. You, the people have spoken and it is resounding. When my call for unity started to resonate with you, it did so because it echoed your yearning, mirrored your sentiments, and expressed your hopes for family, for country and for a better future. That is why it reverberated and amplified as it did, to deliver the biggest electoral mandate in the history of Philippine democracy."

He spoke in general terms about his aspirations for Filipinos, saing:

“A future of sufficiency, even plenty of readily available ways and means to get done what needs doing - by you, by me. We do not look back, but ahead. Up the road that we must take to a place better than the one we lost in the pandemic.” “Indeed, ours was the fastest growing economy in the ASEAN byways now outdated. We shall be again, by radical change in the way the world must now work to recover what we lost in that fire, and move on from there.”

Touching on the state of education in the country, Marcos made a passing remark about history, which his family has been criticized for allegedly distorting. He also mentioned Vice President Duterte, the secretary of the Department of Education in his administration. He said:

"What we teach in our schools, the materials used, must be retaught. I am not talking about history, I am talking about the basics, the sciences, sharpening theoretical aptitude and imparting vocational skills such as in the German example. Alongside, the national language, with equal emphasis and facility in a 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 Secretary of Education Sara Duterte-Carpio will fit that mission to a tee."

Regarding public works, Marcos promised to continue the projects overseen by the Duterte administration. He said:

"Much has been built and so well that the economic dogma of dispersing industry to develop the least likely places has been upturned. Development was brought to them. Investors are now setting up industries along the promising routes built. And yet, the potential of this country is not exhausted." "[W]e will continue to build, I will complete on schedule the projects that have been started. I am not interested in taking credit. I want to build on the success that’s already happening. We will be presenting the public with a comprehensive infrastructure plan, six years could be just about enough time. No part of our country will be neglected. Progress will be made wherever there are Filipinos so, no investment is wasted."

Marcos also vowed to improve the situation of public health professionals, saying:

"We won’t be caught unprepared, underequipped, and understaffed to fight the next pandemic." "Our nurses are the best in the world. They acquitted themselves with the highest distinction abroad, having suffered even the highest casualties. With the same exemplary dedication at home, they just got by. They are out there because we cannot pay them for the same risk and workload that we have back here. There will be changes starting tomorrow."

The rest of Marcos's inauguration speech may be read here.

  1. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/06/30/2192047/full-text-ferdinand-bongbong-marcos-jrs-inaugural-address Philippine Star. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  2. https://mb.com.ph/2022/06/03/tradition-matters-gesmundo-to-administer-marcoss-oath-says-rodriguez/ Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 4 July 2022.