Former senator Bongbong Marcos on Thursday made his first public appearance as president-elect in Bacoor City, Cavite — his stronghold since 2016.
Despite a hectic schedule, from completing members of his Cabinet to preparing for his inauguration, Marcos still found time to attend Bacoor’s 10th cityhood anniversary.
Outgoing Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado and Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. — who campaigned hard for Marcos during the 2022 presidential elections — invited the incoming Chief Executive to the city’s celebration at Bacoor Elementary School.
In his speech, Marcos thanked the Caviteños for delivering 1.1 million votes for him in the 9 May 2022 polls. His closest rival, outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, received 497,630 votes.
Marcos also garnered the most votes in Cavite with 556,785 when he run for vice-president in the 2016 national elections.
“Senator Bong and Mayor Lani told me they did not expect that I will make it here today. I told them that I cannot let this event not be my first public appearance since the elections,” Marcos told the crowd in Filipino.
“When I received the invitation, I thought it is only rightful that my first public appearance as the president-elect is here in Cavite to thank you for the results you have given me in the last elections,” he added.
Marcos expressed that he is grateful for the “love and support” of the Cavite residents for him and his running mate, vice president-elect Sara Duterte.
“The victory of the Marcos-Duterte tandem and the UniTeam senators is not only ours, but it is also your victory,” said Marcos.
“We would have not received the huge number of votes if not for your help, support, and love — the 31 million votes for me and the 32 million for Inday Sara.”
Marcos assured Caviteños that he will devote his time as president to improving public services.
“Some have said that our lives will be difficult in the coming months because we have yet to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. We feel the hardships brought about by the pandemic. We will work hard to return to our normal situation and revive the economy,” said Marcos.
“I will be your servant who will do nothing but things that will be good for the Filipinos in our society.”
The president-in-waiting said he has met several experts who want to work under his administration.
“They believe that the Philippines has so much hope. We will not disappoint you, those who gave their support and love. We will do everything to uplift the lives of the Filipinos,” he stressed.
He further thanked the Filipinos who heeded his call for unity.
“I know that all Filipinos are behind me, especially those who love the Philippines. I heard your voices calling for unity. We will unite all the talent of Filipinos — that is what we will do,” he said.
“With the talent and diligence of the Filipinos, we will rise again. Our country will be great again through your help.”