Marcos greeted with cheers and applause by OFWs in Indonesia

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September 5, 2022

Filipino communities in Indonesia “warmly” welcomed President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Malacañang said on Monday, 5 September.

Press Secretary Trixie Cruz Angeles said the Philippine president had so much fun during his meeting with around 500 overseas Fi lipino workers (OFWs) at Fairmont Hotel in Jakarta on Sunday.

“Grabe ang init ng pagtanggap nila sa amin… Parang nakaka-miss talaga ang makipagkita at makipag-usap sa mga kapwa Pilipino na matagal nang ‘di nakauwi. So ang saya-saya kagabi,” Angeles said in a Facebook live video.

Marcos headed to the venue just moments after he landed in Jakarta with some members of the First Family, First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos and Ilocos Norte Rep. Sandro Marcos.

Angeles recalled that the chief executive was greeted with cheers and applause by the Filipino community in Indonesia.

While he was delivering his speech, some supporters even screamed, “We love you, BBM!”, which elicited laughter on the President’s part, saying that it felt like the campaign period again.

Angeles assured Filipinos of the Marcos administration’s commitment to make the Philippines more conducive for tourism and investment and create more jobs for the economy.

“Lahat ng ginagawa ng ating Pangulo ay tungo sa kanyang vision para buksan at muling maging masigla ang ating ekonomiya,” she said.

Department of Foreign Affairs said, as of June 2022, there are at least 7,451 OFWs in Indonesia working in various industries.

Marcos flew to Indonesia on Sunday morning, Indonesia, the start of his three-day state visit that would also take him to Singapore. 

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