Marcos in New York

This article’s headline appears that it’s the 80s again, yet it is rather an accurate byline on what transpired this week. President Bongbong Marcos Jr. is in New York to deliver a speech before the United Nations, together with a delegation composed of our top political and business leaders. Not only that, but he also rang the bell on Wall Street to signify our country’s open invitation to foreign investors.
No news yet on his meeting with US President Joe Biden, regardless, President Marcos Jr.’s agenda in the US is packed with meetings that are sure to bring bounties back to our country which is in dire need of support and growth.

We might be forgetful that President Marcos Jr. is only two months into his six-year term, and he has already proven himself to be a worthy diplomat, ready to rub elbows with world leaders. As Head of State, the President is duty -bound to represent our country in all state functions. In his speeches, President Marcos, Jr. touches on the most important issues, such as climate change, food security, and economic growth – items that will be picked up and remembered by our counterparts worldwide. This is a far cry from the style of former President Rodrigo Duterte, who is a different brand altogether, compared to our incumbent and previous Presidents. Thus, to compare former President Duterte with President Marcos, Jr., albeit inevitable, is quite unfair. To each his own, after all.

In the same vein, comparing President Marcos, Jr. with his father is also a foregone conclusion but tells a story of why our President gives high importance to foreign relations and diplomacy. Having grown up seeing his parents meet with world leaders, and having been educated abroad, the President sees the value in strengthening ties with our foreign counterparts and having an active role in international affairs. The decision to be part of the UN Security Council, for instance, will bring a huge impact to the country, although not immediately apparent.

I am reminded of how former President Fidel V. Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo placed value on foreign relations. Ramos, I recall, oft pushed for globalism and Filipinos as world-class, leading to our hosting of the APEC Summit in Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. Arroyo, on the other hand, was always present also in foreign meetings and affairs. Incidentally, I recently met a Spaniard who knows Arroyo, and he conveyed to me that Arroyo is fluent in Spanish. The Spaniard was able to meet the King of Spain because of Arroyo, a Filipina, not a Spanish citizen.

Thus far, President Marcos Jr. is performing his Constitutional obligation to represent the Philippines and is doing so with flying colors. The Philippines, once again, has a statesman for its President. There will be more foreign events to be attended, and our President is noticeably knowledgeable about international relations. His speeches resonate in the minds and ears of the attendees, and we are sure these will redound to the benefit of our country.

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