Marcos: I have achieved 'functional' government in my first 100 days

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. addresses the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 20, 2022. (PHOTO: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. addresses the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 20, 2022. (PHOTO: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

About 100 days into his presidency, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. says he has put together a "functional" government with a "very, very good idea" to achieve "strict economic targets", according to Inquirer.

"We are grateful for their talent, to have them in place gives us a very distinct advantage as we try to transform our economy for the next two years," said Marcos, paying tribute to his economic managers whom he said had helped transform the country’s economy during the pandemic.

Saturday marks the 100th day in office for Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Addressing the Manila Overseas Press Club on Wednesday (October 5), the president also touted his recent state visits to Singapore and Indonesia and how they have boosted trade and encouraged investment in vital industries.

During his meeting with Filipinos in Singapore, Marcos told his audience that the city-state is looking to recruit more Filipinos for the allied health care industry. The Department of Health has called for the retention of the annual deployment cap of 7,000 for newly-hired medical professionals going abroad, as the country has a shortfall of about 106,000 nurses.

Of his attendance of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City last month, the president said, "We have been able to show that the Philippines is standing on its feet. The Philippines continues to have its aspirations and its dreams, and we are willing to do our part in making those dreams come true."

Marcos's Cabinet was recently hit with an exodus of top officials though. Trixie Cruz-Angeles has resigned as Press Secretary and Jose Calida as Commission on Audit (COA) chair, bouth citing “medical reasons”. His former Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez also admitted that he is no long a Cabinet member, which was confirmed by his replacement, former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.

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