The Manila Times : Marcos vows to 'hit the ground running' as president

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

PRESUMPTIVE president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said he would "hit the ground running" as he promised a government "that gives voice to everyone who wants to help."

In a press briefing on Wednesday night, Marcos said he was preparing potential members of his Cabinet who will help steer the economy by pushing more infrastructure projects and jobs, as well as managing food and fuel prices in the country.

"Right now, ang intention ko (my intention) is to hit the ground running. Kung sakali man matuloy ang proklamasyon later this month, ay nakahanda na tayo. So pinag-uusapan na namin ang mga appointment (If the proclamation pushes through later this month, we have to be ready. We are already talking about the appointments)," Marcos told reporters.

"As I'm sure you can imagine, the economic managers are going to be critical for the next several years because of the pandemic and the economic crisis. So that is something that we are looking at very carefully," he added.

Marcos said he is keeping his original executive committee who helped him during the campaign, but they will also be talking to other specialists in each department.

"I continue to be guided by, as I said before, competence and willingness to work with the next administration. In our discussions, we removed immediately what their political leanings have been," he said.