• A second opinion on the state of our nation


    (Speech given on Wednesday July 29 at the Asia CEO Talks forum, Marriot Hotel.)

    In the letter of your chairman, Mr. Richard Mills, I was told that I am given the liberty to speak about whatever topic I feel would be compelling.

    Well, I thought about that for a while and I think that at this particular point in time nothing proves to be more compelling than indulging in a reflection about the current state of our country. We heard the other day the President’s own version of the state of our nation in his 6th and final State of the Nation Address, where he brandished to Congress and the people the gains of his “Daang Matuwid” blue print for administration.

    Now then comes a rather expedient time for post hoc public reactions, annotations, comments, from the entire captive audience, Filipino or otherwise, from experts to armchair analysts, from cheerleaders and well-wishers down to plain trigger-happy bashers.

    But rather than engage in a critical discourse and give you a negative-toned counter, or Contra-SONA, allow me to present rather some sort of draft SONA, or administration blue-print, of a make-believe or hypothetical President made at a maiden SONA or at a miting de avance. One that presents another diagnosis of our country, a second opinion if you will, and wherein would contain the plans and programs required to remedy and respond to the state of problems in which we found ourselves and the country as that President leads and assumes the highest and most powerful office of the land.

    And please let me emphasize the words hypothetical, not hopeful, expectant, but less wishful thinking, lest I be quoted out of context and suddenly be reported, as it has been reported before we come here, to have announced a surprise early presidential bid. But if in case it happens, you will be able to see it nowhere else but here in the Asia CEO Forum, and you’ll be able to say, you heard it here first.

    A nation that has become great again
    My vision of our country is one that can overcome its economic and social challenges by drawing on our own strengths and drawing on our unity. It is a vision of the Philippines that is prosperous, rich in opportunity, and home to happy, morally upright, and productive citizens whose lives are meaningful because theirs is a just society, because theirs is a nation that has become great again.

    Business should take the lead in nation-building and poverty reduction
    I will immediately work to restore in all Filipinos the lost sense of pride in themselves and pride in being citizens of the Republic of the Philippines. We had at some point in our history that pride, that sense of nationhood but we see it to have gone astray and we have lost it.

    This administration should govern our country with special attention to the needs of the more than 26% of our population who are the poorest, and the almost 70% who are called “unpoor” but actually mean that they live only precariously above the poverty line.

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where you come in.

    I would like to focus on two things that I believe we need to finally banish these discouraging statistics, unavoidable facts which persist despite our best efforts to change them.

    First, I believe business should take the lead in nation-building, in poverty reduction, in developing our shared future. You have demonstrated in your work your ability to do so with your wealth, your skills, and your imagination in raising our economy to a level that has attracted positive elements. But it has happened under a system that has distributed the benefits inequitably.

    The success of our nation depends on national unity, but it is hard for me to imagine how unity can be even be possible when nearly 97% percent of our people do not feel they are sharing in our so-called “economic miracle.”

    And share in it they must. Not simply because for those of us of privilege and wealth, caring for the needs of our communities and our nation is the correct, upright thing to do, but also because it is in our best interests.

    It is alarming to note that, despite our economic gains of recent years, at least 3,700 Filipinos leave for jobs abroad every single day. Nearly one in 10 of us are already abroad, meeting our families’ basic needs with the earnings from foreign jobs. It is distressing to see the most desperate of our people even consigned to the streets, or falling prey to sexual or other forms of exploitation simply because of a lack of opportunities.

    These people are our workforce, and our market. They are our greatest resource, a resource that only grows in strength and does not diminish if it is used for the benefit of all.

    Asking business to lead us in nation-building is a tall request, and one that government cannot rightly ask if it is not willing to equally share the burden, or take the lead. Which brings me to the second, but no less important point: How can government help business do business?

    It is perhaps understandable if many doubt whether government actually has the ability to do that, because recent problems have revealed shortcomings in our efforts to eliminate corruption and improve performance. The P62.3-billion Conditional Cash Transfer Program, directed at the poorest of our poor Filipino families, has not helped all that it could because of leakages, because of weaknesses in the implementation, and because of lack of clarity in principle and in concept as to what the program was meant to achieve.

    The modest efforts towards upgrading our armed forces have been hampered by anomalous deals and irregular transactions with suppliers of questionable competence. Every day, hundreds of thousands of commuters – our workers, our students, our shoppers – face the challenges of using an aging, inadequate commuter rail service that has become unreliable under the best of circumstances, and actually dangerous to life and limb at its worst.

    Sound fiscal management has provided the Philippines with billions in accumulated savings, yet deploying those carefully-collected resources into infrastructure, improving the nation’s defense and law enforcement capabilities, and other basic development has proved more difficult than it should rightly be. And as a result, opportunities to create jobs, to create new areas for business growth, and to expand consumer and investment markets have been lost.

    Government as well as business must change. The “trickle-down” concept of economics, pursuit of profit for profit’s sake with the expectation that the benefits will eventually find their way to the lower levels of our society, is a failure. It is something I sensed a long time ago, while still a student at university. In a study that we made on the Marshall Plan, which had as its central principle, a trickle down theory: throw money at the problem, if you had enough money it would trickle down to the poorest and you would have taken care of it. While there, I wrote a paper proposing that it is good economic policy, and ultimately profitable strategy for business, to balance those profits with a concern for the common good.

    In recent years, many other have woken to the same realization, from political leaders, to learned and respected economists, and most recently even Pope Francis, who has offered strong words. In 2013, in his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium,” he argued that “trickle down” economics wrongly demand “a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.” And as recently as this past July 10, while visiting Bolivia, he condemned the unbridled greed of naked capitalism: “Once capital becomes an idol and guides people’s decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socio-economic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys the human fraternity, it sets people against one another and, as we can clearly see, it even puts at risk our common home: the planet Earth.”

    Capitalism as we know it, whether we like it or not, is becoming socially unacceptable.

    Do not take it as a damnation of the capitalist society or the capitalist principle. But merely to say that government must take and must institute and have a mechanism that actively pursue the principle of distribution of wealth. I think even the most recent rock star of the economics fraternity, a gentleman by the name of Piketty, on his large and rather hard-going book on capital, again seems to have confirmed the same observation that growth in value of capital is never matched, if left to its own devices, by the growth in value of each individual in that economy.

    By focusing on poverty, we focus on the fundamental strength of this nation, and our greatest resource, our people. It will require government and business working hand in hand.

    But neither business nor the great population of Filipinos can have confidence in a government that does not demonstrate the competence and the ethical commitment to good performance. I was disappointed that in the SONA that we heard a couple of days ago, he neglected to mention the Freedom of Information Bill, a freedom of information bill that he actually can take note.

    I believe in the FOI, because I believe it is a tool to build trust—something that we have to rebuild in our country as we have been set in a political system and even in a social system where we must take sides against each other. The FOI is a tool that encourages government to carry out its mandates honestly, competently, and with due regard to all stakeholders in critical issues and challenges facing the nation. Government cannot, after all, exhort those it serves to practice discipline and follow the law if it does not set the example by respecting the separation of authority and responsibilities of the individual branches of government, or to utilize collaborative tools like the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council, or LEDAC, or pursue long-overdue peace arrangements with enemies of the state with a sincere objective to improve the lives of all who are affected by any such conflict.

    Neither the people nor you, as leaders of our vibrant business sector, can have the confidence and trust in the competence and commitment of government as a partner in advancing the nation if doubt is created by perceptions of corruption, of lack of ability, or of favoritism towards special interests.

    The FOI will help erase those doubts, but it is only part of the answer.

    If the next administration is to succeed, meritocracy must be the guiding principle. The next leader should surround himself or herself with the best of the best in the Cabinet. Our country is blessed with such great human talent and we must engage that great human talent in the service of nation-building. Meritocracy must govern all appointments, not only in high-level appointments, but throughout the entire bureaucracy.

    Meritocracy will guide the organization and leadership of even the Armed Forces and Philippine National Police as well. Our nation’s internal and external security, peace and order in our cities and neighborhoods, is a critical concern for all us, government, business, and private citizens—all the same. Under the next administration, leadership roles in the police and armed forces that will be regarded with the gravity they deserve: As roles with vital responsibilities, responsibilities that can only be met by leaders who have demonstrated integrity, have demonstrated skill, and experience, and who believe, as I do, that inasmuch as promotion to a position of greater authority is an endorsement of one’s abilities and good service, it is also a call to duty and not a reward to be passed frequently from one officer to another.

    These critical top leadership positions in our Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP will no longer be subject to the “revolving door policy”, wherein, again, for political considerations just make up a queue and say you will be the head for six months, next, next, next, immaterial of what your performance has been or if you have shown any special qualities that put you above the rank and file, that put you above all the other officers who also are vying for the same position.

    Our military and police leaders have great responsibilities, and must earn the trust and confidence of their men and women in uniform if they are to lead effectively. And that they cannot do if they cannot be assured of stability and continuity in command. Frequent changes in leadership undermine morale, and make instilling discipline from the top, where it should start, difficult if not impossible. The next administration, leaders of the uniformed services will be chosen according to demonstrated skill and experience, and will be retained for as long as they can serve, and continue to make a positive difference.

    But in order for our leaders in uniform to fulfill the duties we demand of them, they must have our support, and be given the tools they need to carry out their tasks. Just as government should strive to help business do business, under the next administration we will do our utmost to pay tribute to our courageous and hard-working men and women in uniform in deeds, and not only words.

    Modernizing the AFP is an objective that should be pursued with vigor, but with reason. It is unreasonable to pursue modernization without having a clear doctrine addressing national defense and reduction of internal threats. It is unreasonable to pursue modernization while overlooking the basic needs of servicemen and their families for fair pay, and meaningful benefits delivered efficiently and with a minimum of procedures. It is unreasonable to pursue modernization by seeking bargains on other nations’ obsolete, second-hand equipment and materiel. It is unreasonable to pursue modernization using a complicated, time-consuming procurement process that is at risk of corruption and abuse.

    Modernization of the armed forces under any successful administration will build trust and confidence in government and the armed forces alike, because it will be exactly that – modernization. We should seek to equip the armed forces with only the best tools and systems – not others’ hand-me-downs – and to eliminate middlemen and lengthy processes that can be corrupted, we will, we should, wherever possible, pursue the needed upgrades through government-to-government deals. Where that is not possible, and with the FOI as the peoples’ assurance that transactions are carried out with integrity, we will seek only the best suppliers with proven track records through transparent, consistent bidding processes.

    I would like also now to take a few moments to touch upon and focus on the topic of “peace and order.” As I’m sure you are all aware, the threat of crime and a general lack of discipline is harmful to our economy, diverts resources away from productive endeavors, and reduces our quality of life.

    A successful administration will have meritocracy that will be applied to our law enforcement and judicial sectors with no less vigor than the rest of the government. Because again, it is as much a matter of trust as it is “getting the job done.” Proper equipment and training, and the fair, firm, and consistent maintenance of discipline will encourage greater respect for the law, as will improving the efficiency and consistency of the judicial system.

    By focusing on meritocracy, efficiency, and integrity in government, in national defense, and in law enforcement, this government will lay the firm foundation needed to “democratize capitalism” and to encourage the sharing of the fruits of our collective effort with all Filipinos. It is the firm foundation that we need to be able to ask you, the business leaders of our country, to take the lead in nation-building for all Filipinos. It is the firm foundation we need to be able to help you in that role, and to create a business environment of more opportunities for investors, an environment in which innovation, competition, and customer choice, value-added, drives our growth, and an environment in which businesses and consumers alike can be confident in fair, consistent, and uncompromised regulation.

    So that we can have peace and order reign in our land, we must find ways to end internal conflicts and long-standing rebellions. The next resident must initiate peace negotiations with all who wish to stand against us – the MILF and other Muslim groups, and the New People’s Army and its Communist compatriots. And we will achieve this peace by building self-respect and mutual respect, addressing the root causes of conflict while protecting the rights and opportunities of all Filipinos.

    Power and water supply, traffic and transport issues, other challenges
    Let us shift now our focus to some of the specific challenges our nation faces.

    The Philippines has the dubious distinction of having the most expensive electricity among all the ASEAN nations, the second-highest in all of Asia, next to Japan. Part of this cost can of course be attributed to our heavy reliance on imported fuels, and out-dated, inefficient power generation systems.

    Another significant contributor to our very high electrical costs, however, is the unjustifiable perception shared by government and the power sector that all risks and losses can be passed on to the end consumer. Electricity, of course, is not free, nor should it be. It requires resources and effort to produce and to deliver to consumers, and it is altogether appropriate that those consumers pay a price for it that reflects the true costs of production and distribution, and yes, a fair profit for producers and distributors as a worthwhile reward for their efforts.

    What is not appropriate is to pass on to consumers costs not directly connected to the production and delivery of the commodity they are purchasing. Costs such as corporate income taxes. Costs such as capital expenditures for the development and roll-out of a prepaid electricity program that already provides electricity distributors with the bonus of guaranteed, up-front income, and further traps poor consumers in a subsistence-level existence. Costs such as “system losses” due to inefficiency, poor maintenance, or outright thievery. Cost such as the electricity used to power the electric generator’s or distributor’s own facilities.

    Costs such as more than P5 billion in excessive generation charges levied against electric customers more than a year ago, but thankfully declared invalid and ordered returned.

    Again, addressing these matters cannot be done with a single-dimensional approach. Any successful administration can and will work to develop more sensible rules, and create a regulatory framework that not only encourages and facilitates inputs from all affected stakeholders, but relies on them in a way that reflects the democratic nature of our society. By the same token, we recognize that we must also strive to provide greater opportunity for growth and innovation, by providing a consistent, rule-of-law based business environment, and by giving our strong support to development of alternative sources of electricity, using resources the Philippines is blessed with, such as geothermal, solar, wind, and biomass and any other emerging technology that we may take advantage of.

    Solving our chronic power supply problems not only opens new opportunities in the power sector, it will be a big step towards the creation of the elusive inclusive economy, and greatly enhance the Philippines’ productivity at all levels.

    Other countries have taken a shortcut to lowering power rates by subsidizing electrical costs. I think that is something that we have to look at very closely and possibly is a mistaken approach to the problem, and cannot lead to the same productivity and cost reduction that equitable but strict regulation and an attractive level playing field can provide. There must be no subsidies under the next administration – but there will be close monitoring and engagement with the industry.

    Although studies vary in their perceptions of the scope and degree of the problem, it is a growing shared concern among scientists and policymakers that the entire world is moving quickly towards a water crisis. Over the past couple of months, we have seen a glimpse of what’s to come in California, where vast stretches of the state are unable to obtain fresh water in any form at any cost.

    Studies in the Philippines confirm we are not immune to this risk: “Peak water,” the point at which our consumption exceeds our resources to replenish supplies, is estimated sometime between 2030 and 2050. Already we feel the effects of an El Niño-triggered drought in some parts of the country, while other places such as Mindanao regularly experience shortages during long dry spells.

    Under the next administration, we must not wait like California for the crisis to be upon us before acting to secure our future water needs. We must take steps to encourage more investment in water supply systems, and I believe an area that has great promise in desalinization, a tried and tested technology already being regularly used in different parts of the world.

    Desalinization technology is not of course without its challenges; the systems themselves are costly, and consume a great deal of energy. But I believe we must find ways to attract investment in that area, and that by doing so, help the technology to improve, to become more efficient, and to lower costs. Even if it is costly at first, the alternative – no water at any price – is simply unacceptable.

    Thanks to the duopoly we have allowed to capture this vital part of our national infrastructure,—telecommunications—we are forced to tolerate service that is consistently rated as some of the worst in the world, and some of the highest-priced. A reliable, competitively-priced telecommunications system whose performance is on par with our partners and competitors throughout the region is not just a matter of convenience; it is a matter of national security.

    I feel it is more productive to approach problems from as positive a perspective as possible. But that is very difficult when it comes to the problem of telecommunications infrastructure, because consumer anger is so widespread. Frustration with poor telecommunications services cuts across all segments of society– I’m sure there’s at least one or two, or quite probably more, of us in this room who have recently, maybe even today, been annoyed and inconvenienced by a poor signal, or a lack of coverage, a dropped call, missed messaging. It is 2015, ladies and gentlemen, the technology exists.

    Why do we suffer under these conditions?

    For reasons that I have never been able to fathom, prepaid load on cellular phones has an expiration date. This only happens in the Philippines. You go to Malaysia, no such thing occur. You go to Thailand, no such thing occur. You go anywhere else where there is a cellular phone system, no such thing occur. Is it perhaps because most load is used for text messages, which cost virtually nothing for the telcos to transmit?

    A good president must ensure telecommunications services are improved, and provide value to their users. We should work with the patriotic Agham Group of Scientists for the People, whose assessment is that the provision of text messaging services should and can be provided for free, at very little if any real cost to the companies. We must also direct that a critical review of industry pricing structures and practices be carried out, and abusive or otherwise unjustifiable practices corrected. I will also explore ways in which greater competition in the industry can be encouraged, perhaps through a law similar to the recently-enacted law permitting the entry of foreign banks, or changes to the so-called ‘economic provisions’ of the Constitution.

    We are all, no doubt, very familiar with the ongoing woes of Metro Manila’s light rail transit system – serious safety and reliability issues, poor maintenance, overcrowding, allegations of corruption – and I know that you are all familiar with these so I will not belabor the point.

    In fact, we should acknowledge that some small progress is being made. I think more progress is made if one does not wait five years to begin the work, so the next administration must hit the ground running. We all know how safe and comfortable nearby rail systems such as in Singapore or Hong Kong are compared to our own. The only thing stopping us from having the same system in our country, in our cities, is ourselves.

    Traffic congestion goes hand-in-hand with overworked public transit systems, and both present the same problem to all of us: They have a serious negative impact on our productivity and on the bottom line. I saw recently a calculation, an estimate, as to what are the actual peso costs to the very bad traffic situation in Manila and the calculation was at P2.4 billion a day. I think that all of us here who have sat in our cars, frustrated at the lack of progress going from one place to another, will find that that estimate is just about right.

    Fixing the trains will take some engineering effort, but traffic congestion can at least be partly solved by enforcing discipline on our roads. Discipline comes from the top, which is why the meritocracy-based, non-political standards I mentioned earlier for choosing leaders in the police and military is so important: Corrupt and erring lower-level officers cannot be corrected by superiors who are not above reproach. The next administration must ensure that discipline is the rule throughout every rank of law enforcement. When the law enforcers become the law-breakers there is a serious problem in the system.

    Of course, government must contribute to the effort, and to that end the next administration should focus on expanding the transportation infrastructure, as well as providing better training and proper equipment to law enforcement and for the orderly conduct of our transport system.

    We cannot speak about the problems that plague the country without talking about port congestion. I am pleased that the amendments to the Cabotage Law have finally been enacted, and I urge the government and Philippine businesses to take full advantage of it. Yes, it does increase competitive pressure, but I believe it opens up new opportunities as well.

    We have also recently learned that Manila’s port area is vulnerable to strong earthquakes. It makes sense then to encourage traffic to spread to other ports, which is what the next administration must do – for example, Subic and Port Irene for goods bound to or from Central and Northern Luzon, and Batangas for deliveries in Southern Luzon.

    Infrastructure building must be a central part of the government’s efforts to improve the economy. One of the challenges we must overcome if we are to build a greater nation is to find ways to meet our enormous need for infrastructure of all kinds. We have now a limited number of large companies – highly-qualified and successful companies, to be sure – who build our large-scale infrastructure projects, and while they do good work, it is clear more participation is needed. The next administration must find ways to attract new investors and partners to help build the infrastructure we need. The government has belatedly recognized the lack of infrastructure development and public investment. We had over the past few years been spending at the rate of 2.5 percent of our GDP on infrastructure development. And because it had been clearly shown that we cannot make the economy expand and grow and create jobs if we do not improve our infrastructure development plan, then there was a policy decision that we would increase the government expenditure in infrastructure development to 5 percent of GDP. However, government also—following the recommendations of the World Bank study where it said 50 percent of the personnel of the Department of Public Works needed to be removed—so with an increase of double of our expenditure but with halving of the capacity of the Department of Public Works, then clearly it cannot work.

    And this kind of system where we have the government, where the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing, again brings us to this kind of situation. As I said this is a belated realization but it is a simple problem that does not have a simple solution. It must start from the very beginnings of the creation of policy and carried on through the implementation of that policy.

    We must find ways to attract new investments and partners to help build the infrastructure that we need. And that is why I think we have come upon a very important juncture when we speak about infrastructure development: we are at the moment in my committee in Public Works, we are presently finishing the amendments to the PPP Law. There is great promise if we can actually get the system to implement large national projects on PPP bases, where we can transfer the costs of capital to the private sector and even the financial risks to the private sector, whilst giving the private sector to gain profit.

    And now, I’ve saved the best part for last, let us talk about tax policy. Undoubtedly, you businessmen, that is your favorite subject.

    My administration—should it happen— will push for the adoption of the gross income tax policy for businesses. Just as excessive human intervention poses a risk to government procurements, collecting tax revenue has become similarly compromised. Under that administration, corporations will pay reasonable, fixed taxes computed on their gross income, with companies fairly categorized according to their type and size.

    Practices such as negotiating a bribe to receive a reduced tax assessment will immediately become a thing of the past under such as system.

    Managing an equitable and efficient tax system – or anything else I’ve touched on today – will not be possible without a meritocracy-based, professional civil service and judiciary. A strong and independent judiciary is a vital necessity, a partner in all our efforts to provide greater opportunities for our people, to maintain our peace and security, encourage discipline, and maintain a productive level playing field for every business and every entrepreneur.

    But it is a partner that many would say is missing, and has been for many years now. The next president, if it is I, will welcome that partner back to our nation, by applying the principles of meritocracy to the judiciary. It is a judiciary that is free from the whiff of corruption and totally above reproach, because its people are employed and rewarded in ways that recognize their competence and good performance, and provided with respectable livelihoods for the important work they do on behalf of our nation.

    In my remarks today, I have tried to remind us all of our duty to our fellow-man, the vast population of the Philippines who do not share in the benefits we are able to create, yet makes those benefits possible and could increase them almost beyond measure just if they are given a fair opportunity. I have touched on the gap in trust created between a government that performs poorly and inefficiently and the people it is meant to serve.

    I have highlighted areas – areas familiar to every one of us on a personal level, such as utility services, telecommunications, transportation, power-generation – in which our policies have hampered our growth and development. And I have, at least in brief terms, suggested ways in which the rule of law can be better enforced and in which taxes can be assessed more equitably and ethically, and more consistently.

    The strength of the nation is in its unity, but unity cannot be achieved if the leader of the nation serves both the nation and his party. We must leave politics in its proper place. I take the same view as President Manuel L. Quezon when he said: “My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins.” This is something that all our leaders should be well reminded of. Therefore, the next president must resign from his party and be a unifying president – after all, we do not elect a “President of the Liberal Party,” or a “President of the Nacionalista Party,” but a President of the Republic of the Philippines, whose duty is no less to the citizen who did not vote for him than it is to his most ardent supporter. And in a non-partisan role, one should work with all political parties to strengthen the party system, an area of our democracy that is weak and ineffectual.

    Once again the concept of meritocracy: I believe that in a meritocracy, the rule of law becomes second nature. In a meritocracy, we can focus on the real answer to that question: What would I do if I were president? Strong nations need strong foundations, and a successful presidency must emphasize service to the vast majority of our people – not in handouts, but in opportunities to easily join the meritocracy where we can build together.

    Thank you very much and good afternoon. God bless us all. Mabuhay ang Republika ng Pilipinas. Mabuhay ang Asian CEO Forum.


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    1. Every video interview I’ve watched of Sen. Bongbong Marcos, gives me hope that someday he just might make things right for the country(again). I have no doubt that whatever he said in this speech, he will be able to make it come true because I have seen what their family has done in Ilocos. I am not a Marcos loyalist but I have found that if I did not do my research on them and know what their way of serving the country has been, I may just have easily given up hope for this country. But, having heard his stands on a lot issues and how he is questioning programs makes it even more cleat to me what he is all about. We have to look to the LONG-TERM & not just let ourselves be swept off of our feet by what they call ‘slogans’ and sweet talk and pagmamalinis. Sen. Marcos would have my vote definitely.

    2. I took the time to read and listen to Bongbong Marcos’ speeches that he had delivered in 2014, compared them with this “so-called second opinion speech,” the difference is night and day. The 2014 speeches showed incoherence, syntax and texts were clearly Filipino English, Bongbong Marcos I say, would need some serious coaching in public speaking.

    3. Nice vision, though appeared easier said than done, like a typical campaign promises. President to resign his/her political party once elected is very nice, something new and doable. Meritocracy is ideal but we have reasons to doubt. I like that “clear doctrine” to complement modernization, wealth [re]distribution, encourage investments on water,democratize capitalism, less divisive content, more competition in telcom, no unacceptable pass on costs in power/elec.

      I noted many generic statements, some proposals are already being done and on-going.

      There is very strange for the govt. to let/expect the business sector to take the lead in nation bldg and address poverty. Whose mandate are these? Are these the motives of business?

      We appreciate if we can have idea on what had been done by Hon Sen BBM in the Senate along his propositions here.

      Nice to know his draft SONA. Thanks.

    4. The details presented by Bongbong Marcos in his speech were remarkably fresh, the language used were timely and appropriate for the occasion, however, I detect that Bongbong Marcos’ speech is not his own. The syntax and use of old English texts on many instances are evident, I sense that the speech was the handy work of a British or Canadian writer. Moreover, even with an injection of additional ideas towards the end of the speech, it is quite clearly not Bongbong Marcos’ handy work.

      • BBM studied in the UK, didn’t he? And if it were a “handy work of a British or Canadian writer”, then “realiZation” would be spelled “realiSation”.

        BBM 2016!

    5. Roger Marcelo on

      Ka Roger says: This is a speech unlike any other in recent times. Other speeches were just full of gimmicks , without substance, false propaganda and deceits.
      Well done Senator Marcos !

    6. Frederick U. Frencillo on

      Truly an inspiring Speech. Looking forward on your candidacy.. Our family will definitely vote for you! Bongbong Marcos for President..

    7. The reason for a declared robust economy is because we export our Talent and we brag about it. The word job security does not exist in the DOLE that is why Talents look somewhere else to fulfill the Filipino Dream. Oh by the way 30% of our salary goes to the politicians, the potholes, the broken down railways system, undermanned and ill equipped armed forces…….and the list goes on.

      The DSWD’s 4P’s is something you have to look into; you are giving money out to the poorest of the poor (at least some of them) then what, they wait for it every month. You gave them the fish but you have not taught them how to fish. Has anyone asked how they give out the money? They bid the project out dangle a hefty ABC but as a conduit you are required to advance the payout funds which they reimburse afterwards. hmmmm….who shoulders the risk of transporting funds and doing the actual payout and gets reimbursed afterwards..the conduit of course. Imagine a conduit advancing paying out 1.3B. So why not give the money to the conduit instead of him sourcing the funds to cash advance the payout or better yet tell DSWD to do the actual payouts themselves.

      Point of observation you blame Marcos for the thievery of the country’s coffers, but when he was done and gone what have the new set of politikos done…they studied how he may have done it and they improved on it they made more money then the 20 years of Martial Law. At least Marcos had the balls to go after the Oligarchs but now for the past 30 years the government caters to them. Marcos had the OPSF (for those who don’t know this Google it). and the gov’t subsidize the fuel costs, but what the bright boys did afterwards they deregulated the oil industry…..think about it.

      BTW the government was able to tone down the blunder of PNOY and the Mamapasano Incident…..good job on the damage control. He probably gave the order while playing DOTA.

      Will I vote for BBM -maybe; will I vote for Binay–definitely not, if you think Marcos was bad try this guy….will I vote for Mar–I will hold on to the thought..will I vote for Grace or Chiz -next please; will I vote for Duterte–tempting given the choices I have to make….Will I vote for Erap–We never learn do we?

    8. Naive. Content of some comments here would even make for a better SONA. But was this all impromptu? It is certainly a less insulting SONA though.

    9. Desert Wanderer on

      I believe in your vision, Sen. Marcos! If ever you decide to run, rest-assured that you’ll have our family’s sacred votes. No other presidential aspirants have such vision and roadmap for our country. You have the heart for the poor and the only sensible presidentiable I have in mind and heart. Please, go forth and make us proud again, as citizens of our Republic. Redeem the glory we once had! God bless, Sen. Marcos!

    10. Gryphon Hall on

      Even if, by the slimmest of margins, he ever gets elected to the presidency, you’ll have the entire collection of other political dynasties and politicians out to sabotage any of his plans. Why? Because they’d rather see their country driven to the ground than ever give a chance for a Marcos to shine.

      Because if Marcos is right and his plans work to the point that the typical Filipino feels it, woudn’t that make Aquino wrong? Wouldn’t that make People Power (or, as I call it, let’s just keep changing leaders for the heck of it at the drop of a hat) wrong?

      Nobody wants that, so they will do it and they will succeed. And then they will point and say “See. Marcos was just full of hot air”.

      • Let me save you some time, Pnoy has never been right about anything.
        All of this cabinet appointments are incompetent and or corrupt.

        Even the things he was successful at like the Dap and Pork barrel funds were wrong due to being unconstitutional, not to mention taking the money away from programs that would of benefited people and giving it to senators and house members so they could give it to fake non government organizations.

      • History already proven that the People Power is already a big mistake.

        And of course, Cory was very successful in her plan: “I want the Filipino people to suffer, so that they will hate Marcos”

    11. I almost cry when I read his speech, he is such a visionary and I believe we need a leader like him…Go BBM for President.

    12. Deep in my heart I hope you will redeem your fathers rightful place In History as one of the great presidents of the Philippines… You can do no less

    13. Thank you Senator BBM…. you will restore the Philippines to the glory that it should have had a long time… if only for those former leaders who think they are leaders but really are not.
      Good luck and hope that you become the next President of the Republic Of the Philippines.

    14. AG Sancianco on

      This was what I have been longing to hear in a SONA: a definition of problems and the general laying out of priciples, solutions and plans in addition to a general view of what has been accomplished. I’d like to know where we are, where we are going and how do we get there.

      But over the years, I heard nothing but what appeared to be a vociferation of delusional grandeur, awesome statistics that blindingly lit up presentation boards, but never empty stomachs; success that perhaps a handful saw and benefited from, followed by an indisposable long litany of trite reproofs of past adminisrations; the only thing remaining exciting being the pompous parade of gowns on the red carpet.

    15. Sen. Marcos is brilliant, full of wisdom, visionary, perceptive, broad minded,, logical thinker,, level headed,, with heart and mind for the country and people, very ethical and gentlemanly,, humble,, not vindictive and never showed rancor and bitterness for the way they were persecuted, very professional and matured judgement and has proven Excellent track record in public service. He is the kind of leader our country needs.

    16. edsonarantesdonascimento on

      It’s been an eternity since an individual of position spoke w/ such segacity and candidness.To speak of our nations pressing problems and lay down possible solutions and actions! I’ve had enough of sloganeering and motherhood-statements from the present crop of sloths and incompetents,that could last us a lifetime!The yellow-zombies would say it’s just words and a speech-writer of BBM did this! The yellowtards speak of such propaganda bec. the mentally-challenged one in malacanang ,relies solely on propagandistic speech-writers and his addiction to idiot-monitors!!!! This Marcos is chip-off-the-old-block! Yellowtards,enough of your lies and propaganda about the BBM and his Father!!!! We all know now whose the real traydor at magananakaw sa bayan!!!! Alam na namin ang totoong namamahal/nagmamalasakit sa taong bayan at sa bansa!!!!!Hindi nyo na kami maloloko sa mga propaganda nyo sa inquirer at abscbn! Ang mga aquino-cojuangco at mga alipores nila ang sumira sa ating bayan,mga traydor at sinungaling!!!!!Hindi nyo na kami maloloko!!!!! MY VOTE FOR A VISIONARY AT MAHAL ANG BAYAN, BOBONG MARCOS!!!!! ako’y simpleng hampas-lupang patay-gutom na OFW dito sa KSA na sawang-sawa na sa mga nagpasasa at nagpapayaman lalo pagkatapos ng PI(!!!) edsang yan na walang pagbabago at laong nalugmok sa hirap ang bayan.Presyo palang ng mga bilihin, matrikula at kuryente bagsak na bagsak kaming naghihirap at kumakayod sa ibang bansa!!!!Mas dumami ang mga magnanakaw sa gobyerno, at mga tanga at tamad pa!!!!! SI BOBONG MARCOS LANG ANG MAY KAKAYANAN PARA IPAKULONG ANG abnoy at mga kamaganak,kaibigan at kabarilan nya!!!!

    17. To Be Fair To The Marcos Family And To Bongbong Marcos, Please, Compare The Marcos Time And The Five Presidents Leadership after President Marcos Death,


      Respect from other countries

      Security locall / international


      Economic condition

      Philippine Peso vs U.S. Dollar
      Exchange rate .

      Building infrastructure projects

      Control of criminals/ crimes

      Armed Forces of the Phillipines

      City of Manila
      These are some of the factors for you
      To consider and to research. Definitely
      Marcos time is beyond compare…. Senator Bongbong Marcos affinity for love of his country, concerns to the poor, security and economy, put him front and center as the best leader to be President of the Republic of the Philippines. ” Bring back, the New Society and the country to Be Great Again”…. Let us join hands and Vote for Senator Bongbong Marcos, for PRESIDENT of the Philippines…..

    18. Quite intellectually better than what Abnoy had shamefully boasted at his patented low IQ SONA…..clearly bong bong and his research team are way superior in situational analysis than the ignoramus and bakya team of abnoy …….

    19. It’s enough you know what’s truly happening in the country much less our dilemmas. You have my vote, sir, should you run for the presidency anytime. I suggest you watch out though, because people who doesn’t want these changes are still out there and has become more powerful.

    20. Having read the book Marcos Dynasty written by a great investigative author Sterling Seagrave about the evil exploits of the late Ferdinand Marcos, I certainly would not take a second opinion from the son of one of the most corrupt leaders of the 20th century.

      Marcos corrupted everything and everyone to suit his purpose. The military is one Marcos legacy that needs to be fixed it will take the next president, the congress, the supreme court and the people to show some courage to tell the military establishment that civilian duties solely belongs to the three branches of government as expressed in the constitution. The country has no need for coups and threats it is now time for the military to go back to its military duties and establish their presence on our borders, airports, seaports, infrastructures and other government facilities.

      The real second opinion is not a political and economic mambo jumbo diagnosis but learning the lessons of the past. The Philippines’ problems and needs are basic you throw politics out the window and you have the solution. We don’t have America’s problems so we don’t need American solution. Basic problems need basic solution.

    21. albert manipon on

      out of 18 responses,- 16 resounding endorsements and 2 still bitter, bravo bong bong!

    22. Dominador D. Canastra on

      Mabuhay ka, Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. May you become president of our country!

    23. Marcos for FOI? First, why not reveal to the press the extent of the family hidden wealth. You don’t have to wait for its passage before doing this.Second, plans will always sound good than performance. It can be written by speech writers. Marcos for the rule of law? Let us revisit the record of Marcos during Martial Law. Marcos for meritocracy? Well you still have to complete your undergraduate studies.

      • don’t as long as he is intelligent and can govern the country effectively and reduce poverty and increase prosperity that’s fine. other than matuwid na daan na butas butas naman ang daan. lol

    24. Good Lord. Nobody has ever spoken like this in the Philippines in a long while. Somebody indeed in our fickle minded government truly understand what is going on in this country. He is a rarity.

    25. Amnata Pundit on

      This sounds like a speech only his father could deliver. If the son inherited just a fraction of the father’s greatness- and it sounds like he did- then the father’s work will be continued. May God protect the son in this perilous journey. BANGON MULI, PILIPINAS !

    26. Gabrielli Silangis on

      BoBong failed miserably in Oxford University where he failed his exams to attain a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics. He only was awarded by Oxford U a Special Diploma in Social Studies to save his face and to state that he failed to meet the high academic standard of Oxford U.

      And since he did not have any BA or BS degree, which is a minimum requirement, to get into any MBA program he never was accepted into MBA program in Wharton as opposed to his correction of his “MBA Degree from Wharton School, as previously posted in the senate’s web site”, that he had to quit the MBA program as he was elected as a governor.

      BoBong would try to cheat and lie any which way he can, as he learned from the best, Ferdie Marcos.

      BoBong was raised, reared, fed, and sent to school using money looted by parents from the people.

      It is not a good idea to have an ill qualified politician, a corrupt one to boot, to be the president of the nation.

      Only a True FBI, a GI, a loyalist who does not care even if he or his own family or own GIs are being used by this Marcos clown to rob the nation again.

      No More Marcos! No More BoBong Marcos!

    27. Thank you. To solve a problem is to know what it is. How come nobody in this current generation of politician ever thought about these. It is very difficult but doable. I really –

      you should—- GO GO GO.

    28. Meritrocracy-based top down public servants is the key to eradicate the ills our country and people Have long been besetting. Go, Sen. BBM for President 2016. Only you the one is best qualified to run for the presidency that can transform our country to become great again. Kodus and mabuhay ka Sen. BBM.

    29. I will vote for Senator Bongbong Marcos, regardless of what others say. I’m tired of the way our nation’s problem being handled by incompetent fools.

      Somebody needs to step-up to address the issues with both moral and logical approach.

      If God permits, he will become the next president of this country.

      This nation will become great again.

      GOD bless the Philippines.

    30. “unavoidable facts which persist despite our best efforts to change them”.

      What best efforts are we talking about ? A government that steals half the budget every year ?

      A government that is not accountable, a government that shields it’s own ruling party against investigations and charges ?

      A President that uses the peoples taxes like it’s his personal money to bribe the senate and house members in Congress ?

      A Congress that lets the President and Sec Abad refuse to turn over records of how the tax money was spent ?

      A Congress that has not passed the anti dynasty bill for the past 28 years ?

      A government that allows 130,000 people to still live in tents almost 2 years after Typhoon Yolanda ?

      A government that allows the MRT and LTO to fall apart and then blame the past president from 5 years ago ?

      Are these the best efforts of our government you are talking about ?

      The entire government is useless, corrupt and broken beyond repair, it can not be fixed.
      Throw out everyone in Congress, confiscate their family dynasties wealth, Take their 20 cars, their 10 houses, their 200 bank accounts and throw their families out onto the street, let them feel what they have done to the country.

    31. Oldandcurious on

      To those who insist the son must pay for the sins of the father, if we but trace a few generations back, somewhere along the line, we will find someone in our ancestral tree who committed something we most likely not even think of doing ourselves. Putting it another way, condemning Sen. Marcos for what his father did is akin to saying all Germans must suffer for Hitler’s atrocities or every Japanese must pay for the crime of Prince Hirohito and his generals.

      The day most Filipinos stop voting with their growling stomach or dramatized emotion (star attraction like Manny Pacquiao) and start voting with a rational mind, is the day this country will elect someone like Sen. Bong-Bong Marcos or anyone who knows the solutions to our already well-known problems.

      Appointed Chief of Staff of the AFP must serve a minimum of 6 years to effect a sustained reform and modernization of the military establishment. Ergo, one of the first thing an elected president must do is to appoint one. The same goes for our PNP. A well-prepared candidate must have his or her shortlist this early.

      Good luck to anyone who will carry the burden of implementing meritocracy. The country needs this badly, but from my short 2-year stint in a GOCC, the other government and private entities I had to deal with led me to conclude that the only way I can really stop anyone from accepting a bribe is to bribe them not to. The sad reality is, corruption is already a way of life.

      Imagine thousands of public servants (DPWH, DepEd, CHED, DOH, LTO, BIR, et. al.) and police and military officers telling their children the day after the 2016 national election, “I am sorry my child, but you need to transfer to a much less expensive school. You also need to learn to take public transport. By next month, we are moving a modest house because we can no longer afford to maintain this big house. We also need to find an affordable dentist to adjust your braces. And forget about our yearly shopping spree in Singapore.”

      The best-crafted speech like this one needs a Herculean political will to translate it into tangibles. Sana nga magkatotoo.

      • We need marial law again to effect these changes. Otherwise, the oligarchs will end the presidency of someone who will impose these changes.

    32. Marcos seems to be a sensible Filipino with well thought out ideas and real plans. He is the opposite of our current student government.

    33. Compared to someone who thanked his hairdresser and yaya as part of a State of the Nation Address, this is a refreshing discourse that merits the attention of the whole Philippines.

    34. This second opinion might be the best opinion. Certainly cut very much above the SONA Pnoy delivered last Monday in the joint session of Congress. It sets policy and directions which this administration continuously put us in limbo. While it has not touch all problems and issues the nation is facing now, Senator Bongbong Marcos is making the Filipinos hopeful again. Mabuhay ka Senator. We want to see it implemented and practice. Since it’s your blueprint, please go for the presidency so this nation can be great again.

    35. great speech.
      fortunately, we have such a man who can
      make the things mentioned by bongbong a reality;
      that man is none other than rody duterte;
      his performance record speaks for itself;
      du30 in 2016!

    36. I have one word for this speech by Bong Bong “Aweinspiring”. It recognizes the sad state of many ills in our country now without the blame game syndrome of someone I know and it proposes real solutions that are not just meaningless motherhood statements. Here is a speech of a man with vision and his advocacy of meritocracy is beyond any possible challenge. I believe that Bong Bong has by this speech declared his candidacy for president so let the juggernaut begin to move and with the north still very solid and the Romualdezes of Visayas and the better clans who are not in favor of the current BBL in Mindanao ready to support him it will be unstoppable. It is just right that Bong Bong comes around at this time as an alternative to the two other candidates one being no better than claiming to be “more of the same” and the other whose only claim to fame is he already beat the first one. I promised that if my choice was left to just these two clowns then I will forego voting next year but with Bong Bong coming in I will surely not only vote but even campaign for him to all my friends and relations. Go Bong Bong this country needs you.

    37. Vietnam represents a country with a clear vision and economic plan, translated into results through a strong implementation.

      One such example is that it has put innovation front and center in its strategic development.
      It is already reaping the benefits through significant foreign direct investments, ( 20 billion US dollars in 2014, compared to 6 billion for philippines), and its poverty levels have decreased from 22% in 2005 to less than 8% in 2014. (5% target by 2016).
      So the continual excuses and failures from pnoy aquino ring hollow in comparison.

      The development objective of the Inclusive Innovation Project for Vietnam is to adopt, upgrade and develop inclusive innovations for the benefit of the Base of Pyramid population.(BoP).
      The project has four components.

      The first component is development of inclusive technologies. This component will provide support:
      (i) developing technological solutions to address a few National Development Challenges (NDCs) that are specific to Vietnam; and
      (ii) developing, acquiring, adapting and upgrading inclusive technologies by Research and Development (R&D) institutions, enterprises and grassroots innovators.

      The second component is scale up and commercialization of inclusive technologies. This component will provide loans and matching grants to private
      enterprises for upgrading, scaling up and commercialization of inclusive technologies. This will include: (i) support enterprises for scaling up, commercialization and sustainable production of inclusive technologies dealing with manufacturing of products and delivery of services for the BoP; and (ii) funding to private sector Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for the acquisition, adoption and use of technology and innovations in priority areas with significant potential for technological upgrading and growth.

      The third component is capacity building and global knowledge transfer.
      The project will support capacity building of key Vietnamese national institutions such as the National Institute of Medicine
      Materials (NIMM), the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine (NHTM), National Foundation for Science and Technology
      Development (NAFOSTED), Vietnam Academy of Sciences and Technology (VAST), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) for the sustainable development and delivery of inclusive
      technologies in the priority areas supported under the project:
      a) enhancing technology, quality and clinical trials of traditional herbal
      medicine products; b) enhancing innovation grant management
      capacity; and c) enhancing capacity in technology transfer and commercialization, and intellectual property rights protection

      The fourth component is project management, monitoring and
      evaluation. The project will provide support to Enterprise Development Agency (EDA) Project Management Unit (PMU) and
      Project Implementation Unit (PIUs) in NAFOSTED and Participating
      Financial Intermediaries (PFIs) for project management, coordination, capacity building, oversight, monitoring and
      evaluation, reporting and audits to enable them to perform their responsibility for project coordination and management.

    38. In the Philippines “BOBOTANTE RULES” yan ang malaking problema….
      Bola bola system yan ang lakaran ng mga politiko na pang kilig sa mga BOBOTANTE….

    39. Scholarly as it may seem but needed a strong charismatic leader and a renewed nation willing to take the needed change. Else this is a talk with the wind.

    40. I salute you Sen. Bongbong Marcos for your erudite, incisive speech. You have the gravitas of your late father, the wisdom and his intelligence. Comparing you with PNoy is like comparing heaven with earth.

    41. Leodegardo Pruna on

      Son becoming like father? What a good thing to see. With only an advice, beware of pride going up the head and abuses tolerated. God bless the Philippines.

    42. Impressive BBM. He demonstrates good knowledge of the major issues affecting the nation and how to address them. Roxas, Poe, Binay, Escudero, etc are not giving us such outlines for the next government, just matuwid na daan which is a vague, overused campaign slogan

      • Bise Binay will have his tru-SONA kailan? Baru-ba-doodle BOODLE FIGHT! Hanggang sa sawa, ba-roodle!

    43. The principle of meritocracy was applied by Singapore’s prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and he clearly defined it in his speeches, so if our next president will follow the examples of Lee Kuan Yew even if for only one presidential term, there is no question how the Philippines will rise as a nation. Lessons learned in our country’s history should not be forgotten as we move on in finding the bagong lipunan.

    44. My God !!!!!!! Just where would you start ???? Let us start by getting you elected. !! You are right on the money with the Major problems facing the Philippines today. Problems left unchecked by the current Administration. IT IS TIME for a new Leader . IT IS TIME for a new direction . IT IS TIME for Filipinos to work with Government to achieve our capabilities . IT IS TIME to eradicate corruption . IT IS TIME for a much higher quality of life for ALL Filipinos. IT IS TME to vote for the BEST people available to do the job. IT IS 2015 !!!!!!!!

    45. The 2016 elections need to refocus:
      From personalities to platforms.
      From buying votes to earning respect.
      From hierachy of greed to hierachy of need
      From propaganda and promises to action and achievements.

      Strength in unity and progress from diversity.
      Working together and achieving individually.
      Clarity and integrity, equality and opportunity, creativity and prosperity.

      Slogans and motherhood statements are 10 a peso, and litter the election campaign as liberally as airbrushed tarpaulins, and can offend as easily as the endless, and embarrassing, song and dance acts.

      Everyone already knows that poverty, unemployment, inequality, peace, and corruption are the key issues, so there is no point in solely stating the obvious ad nauseam, or making grandiose claims akin to the donald trump approach to campaigning.
      What people need and want to hear are concrete plans, and proposals, which attack the underlying malaise affecting the country, from aspects such as innovation and competitiveness, through to discrimination and inequality, and including the continued negative impact of US neo-colonialism and the monopolies of the oligarchs.
      Grass roots Innovation is the primary seed for inclusive growth and needs particular focus, through such measures as incubator programs, skills transfer, centers of excellence, and a co-ordinated approach of government, business and academia. Political reform and social re-engineering also need high priority otherwise good money simply ends up with bad people.

      There are numerous areas which each candidate should address and quantify in a published manifesto, complete with measurable objectives and plans. ( strategic, tactical, operational)
      Time to move from 3rd world politics, and adopt an integrated strategy, a holistic approach, and long term thinking.

      “I have six honest serving-men
      (They taught me all I knew);
      Their names are WHAT and WHY and WHEN
      And HOW and WHERE and WHO”
      Rudyard Kipling

      Diversity and inclusion
      – WHAT?
      – WHY?
      – HOW?
      – WHO?
      – WHEN?
      – (Key Performance Indicators)
      Law and order
      – W?
      – W?
      – H?
      – W?
      – W?
      – (KPI’s)
      Macro-economics and micro-finance
      Tax rates and evasion
      Wages and inflation
      Pensions and healthcare
      Growth and employment
      Poverty and CCT
      Legislation and regulations
      Competition and markets
      Reforms and transformation
      Decentralisation and federalism
      Oligarchs and dynasties
      Budget and priorities
      Innovation and creativity
      Investment and infrastructure
      Health and well-being
      Education and training
      Values and ethics
      Graft and corruption
      Courts and justice
      Impunity and immunity
      Smuggling and gambling
      Image and identity
      Research and development
      Business and entrepreneurship
      Finance and fiscal
      Diplomacy and statesmanship
      Bureaucracy and organisation
      E-governance and digitisation
      Quality and standards
      Transparency and accountability
      FoI and cybercrime
      Measurements and improvement
      Systems and technology
      Sport and recreation
      Arts and culture
      Housing and transport
      MRT and LRT
      Environment and mining
      Disaster preparation and response
      Climate and forests
      ASEAN and China
      US and EU
      TPP and AFTA
      Elections and funding
      Travel and tourism
      Agriculture and CARP
      Food and commodities
      Manufacturing and exports
      DICT and IT/BPO
      Urban planning and demographics
      Architecture and heritage
      OFW’s and labor practices
      Defence and security
      NGO’s and foreign aid
      Energy and sustainability
      Human rights and freedoms
      Segregation and discrimination
      Media and press
      TV and programming
      Family and divorce
      Philanthropy and volunteering
      Corporate and social responsibility (CSR)
      Quality of life

    46. Mariano Patalinjug on

      Yonkers, New York
      01 August 2015


      Having just read this speech, “A second opinion on the state of our nation, by Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., I am speechless!

      In both substance and reach, President Benigno’s last SONA suffers in comparison with Senator Marcos’ speech before all those business leaders.

      If the next President of the Philippines could humble himself/herself for the sake of the country and carefully read, adopt and implement ALL of Senator Marcos’ carefully crafted proposals here, there is a very good chance that even only within six years, the Philippines will be able to start to surmount several of the structural problems that have defied solution in the last sixty years or so, in the process putting it on a sure, solid, inclusive and enduring path to prosperity and progress.

      One problem Senator Marcos must be fully aware of, but which, like all other leaders, he has chosen to studiously avoid here, is the country’s population which continues to explode at an average annual rate which doubles it every 35 years or so, in the process virtually negating an annual average rate of growth of its GDP of around 7 percent. I can understand why; like all other high-ranking government officials, Senator Marcos is afraid of what the Roman Catholic Church, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines in particular, could and will do if he even so much as hints at the need for the Government to creatively and aggressively implement the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH LAW.


    47. I agree with Bong Bong Marcos. He is very intelligent. I hate to say this but he is the man to be president and bring the country in order and prosperity. all his comments and solutions are correct. If we do not give him a chance and swallow our pride since we allowed their family to comeback and forgiven them and let them run for office then may as well let him run for president. Others like Roxas, Binay, Pacquiao, etc. they are scary, lol. its all up to the voters .

    48. Go Bong Bong. Make amends for the shortcomings of your father. Good program for the incoming administration or your own after the 2016 election.
      Fritz Acuna
      Guam, USA

    49. bongbong, what happened to the stolen wealth by your clan. kailan ninyo ibabalik ang mga nakaw ninyo sa bayan

      • That’s a good question, His family continues to hold onto wealth that was taken illegally.

      • erasto viloria on

        Mr. Flavio, are you one of the aides of the Marcoses then. It seems you know something.

      • flavio, saan mo naman nalaman na ang mnga marcos ay nagnakaw sa bayan? ipakita mo sa lahat na plilipino ang iyong ibidinsya sa pagnakaw ng mnga marcos sa ating kaban ng bayan. . .

      • Magdalena Filipina on

        Let’s say may ninakaw si Pres.Marcos, is Bongbong answerable for that? Resulting to ad hominem is never been logical.

      • Where have you been…. they were and have been acquitted so you need to accept and move forward – or is it because, you want to blame someone else for your own failures?

    50. I am inspired by the good senators ideas. While I was not a fan of his fathers administration, he seems to have a real grasp of the magnitude of the problems the Philippines faces. More importantly he is not afraid to call out the Capitalists and corrupt government officials who enable each other.

    51. arthur keefe on

      An excellent prospectus, but the real issue is how it can be delivered. When cronyism and corruption are so deeply imbedded at all levels of society,it requires very strong and determined leadership to create changes of the kind described. Maybe he has his father’s style of leadership in mind? Maybe this is necessary if it can avoid the human rights abuses which in the end destroyed that project.

      • erasto viloria on

        Human rights advocates (in the Philippines) are only satisfying themselves, politically motivated and do not weight the real issue. This is just my opinion folks, don’t get me wrong

    52. P.Akialamiro on

      This ‘SONA’ is quite clear and “right on the money” on what has to be done to be a ‘great nation’ again. What has been articulated, if implemented, will surely lead to the upliftment of the poorest poor and the general economic condition of the country.

      Mabuhay ang Pilipinas. Go BMM, go 2016.

    53. this is the first time the problems of expensive power have been discussed from the consumer perspective, and if only for that i will go with this guy if/when he makes the run… he covered all the bases, altho he missed out on what govt should do. No, we are not looking for subsidies (altho in fact the govt is enforcing cross-subsidies to seniors and marginal customers from the rest of the customers) but what his govt must do is cut the taxes that constitute about 16% of current electricity cost. maybe he does not realize that even the system loss that he denounced is taxed! and by the way, on MRT, can he ask PNoy to explain why the P4.5B DAP appropriations for MRT coaches in 2011 was frozen. if PNoy did not freeze that account, the 48 coaches would have been running in 2014 (3-year production lead time) and we would not have the long MRT lines….

    54. i will vote for you in a heart beat. but would it be nice if we transform to a federal form of government? too much money sits in the hand of one person. that is the president of the philippines. why don’t we let each provinces compete among themselves, keep the revenues they make to fund their own needs instead of relying from the government. perfect example is during calamities. all help emanates from the central government in manila. and the help comes slower than molasses. bottom line is this. the more money is paid or remitted by each provinces to the trasury in manila, the more power there is in the hands of one man. look at the present administration now. there is so much money to dangle over each member of both houses that he can virtually buy them just so he can get what he wanted out of these lawmakers. it migh help mr marcos if you study this and perhaps consider it. it’s our only way out of all the miseries the filkipinos are suffering from.

      • A Federal form of Government is essential for the Philippines. Bong Bong Marcos has already indicated his interest in that form of Government. He has had discussions with Duterte , who I might add , has travelled around the Philippines lecturing the benefits of such a Government model. A Marcos , Duterte ticket would be a huge step forward for ALL FILIPINOS. !!!!

    55. Ano ang pinagsasabi nitong si Bongbong Marcos na aayusin niya ang kapakanan nang Pilipinas na ang familia niya ang sumira sa Filipinas. Ang tatay niya ayaw nang bumitiw sa pagka presidente, ang nanay niya ginawa ang bangko central na kanyang piggy bank. Ao kaya ang akala niya sa mga Filipino mga tanga, inutil, mga walangdelicadeza, walang pag iisip na gawin o buhayin ang pumaslang nang kabuhayan nang sambayanan pilipino. Kaya mga bobotante mag isip kayo. NO TO MARCOS FAMILY.

    56. It’s about time that all politicians should work together and give all Filipinos the sense of pride and dignity to our country to lessen the brain drain, to give every Filipino a decent life, higher standard of living, better education, good moral and ethics, good infrastructures, good health, better security, something that all Filipinos can be proud of. All politicians have hidden agenda and its not helping the ordinary Filipinos. Look at those who were involved in corruption. These are mostly politicians. Nakakahiya na po. Most of our politicians including actors and actresses have destroyed our COUNTRY! Most of them are CORRUPT to the highest degree. I am OFW and indeed ALL our OFWs should be the heroes of our country. These politicians need to see for themselves the hardship that most Filipinos are going through to work abroad or overseas.

    57. BBMARCOS, ALL YOU SAID and had been saying all along are so true !!! While The basic foundation for a country to progress lies in every citizen , the ultimate success would depend on how the leader leads his flock. A leader who will lead without personal reservations / BITTERNESS… SOMEONE who does NOT CAPITALIZE ON REVENGE / VINDICTIVENESS … THE NEXT PRESIDENT should be someone WHO IS ABLE TO STAND ON HIS OWN EVEN IF HE IS THE ONLY ONE LEFT TO SPEAK FOR THE TRUTH IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE … bsaquino survived because HE USED THE PEOPLE’S MONEY TP BRIBE CONGRESS , SENATE AND THE MILITARY AND HIS APPOINTEES IN THE HIGH COURTS TO SWALLOW THE CRIMES HE COMMITTED IN EXCHANGE FOR MILLIONS / BILLIONS .. bsaquino HAS NO RESPECT AND NEVER RESPECTED ANY AUTHORITIES OF THE LAND INCLUDING THE HIGH COURTS .. bsaquino spit on their faces and they allowed him because he also spit money