On June 28, Senator-elect Robin Padilla expressed his belief that President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. could finally clear his family’s name.
During his interview at the Senate, Padilla shared his expectations for the six-year term of President Marcos.
“Alam ko, batid ko, na gagawin niya ang lahat. Naniniwala ako na gagawin niya lahat para sa bayan natin.”
He added that BBM could finally clear his family’s name after the Marcos regime from 1965 to 1986.
“Siyempre ilang dekada rin na dinungisan ang kanilang pangalan. Ito rin ‘yung pagkakataon na kanyang linisin ang kanilang pangalan.”
According to britannica.com, President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos established an authoritarian regime in the Philippines from 1966 to 1986 that received criticism due to corruption and its suppression of democratic processes.
He also praised BBM’s move to focus on the agriculture of the Philippines, noting that the current state of
“Yun ang pinakamagandang desisyon na nangyari dito sa bayan na ito.
“Hindi ba tayo nahihiya niyan? Agricultural country tayo pero nag-iimport tayo ng bigas, nag-iimport tayo ng isda. Pambihira.”
According to projections from the Foreign Agriculture Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Philippines will continue importing rice in 2022, with shipments expected to reach as much as 2.9 million metric tons (MT) following the continued strong import pace from Vietnam.
During his campaign, President Marcos pledged he would lower the price of rice to P20 per kilo.
BBM’s pledge received support from the Department of Agrarian Reform, with DAR Secretary Bernie Cruz claiming they have a plan to help achieve the current President’s goal by 2023.
However, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar countered this claim by citing the current production cost of rice in the Philippines versus other countries.