Press Secretary says Marcos' speech will be 'easy to understand'
MANILA (UPDATE) — The public will be "very happy" with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s first State of the Nation Address as it sends a signal to investors on the administration's plans for the next 6 years, his son, Rep. Sandro Marcos, said on Monday.
Marcos said he has seen his father rehearsing his address. The President wrote his own speech, Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez said last week.
"I was with him while he was writing it in the last few days. So, I have seen parts of the speech... I’ve seen part of him rehearsing it. I think people will be very happy with what he has to say," Marcos told reporters when he arrived at the House of Representatives for the opening of the 19th Congress.
"It’s going to be on the technical side but that’s what I think people are looking for," he added.
Marcos Jr's speech, he noted, will "signal to investors," as well as lawmakers the administration's plans and direction until 2028.
It may also be similar to the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.'s speech in terms of "style of delivery," he said.
The President's son refused to provide details on topics that would be discussed during the first SONA.
"I don’t want to give everything away. But, I think everything that we are expecting to hear, you will hear," he said.
"I don’t want to preempt the president. That’s what’s the SONA is for. And of course, being the presidential son, if i were to say something, it carries some weight. I think it’s better that we wait for his SONA, we wait for him."
Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Marcos' speech would be simple and "easy to understand."
"It would map out his aspirations for this administration," she said.
"The things that we can expect is that the President is almost always, he speaks simply but eloquently."
Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier this month said Marcos Jr. would reveal his administration's economic gameplan and plans to reduce poverty as the country faces high prices of goods and fuel, and a looming food crisis.
During his inauguration last month, Marcos listed tackling inflation, boosting growth, and ramping up food production among his priorities.
At least 20,000 law enforcement personnel have been deployed at the Batasang Pambansa for Marcos Jr's first SONA.
Angeles said the Philippine National Police has been "put on notice" following the assassination of a former local official that happened in Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) on Sunday. Three were killed in the crime.
"It is a wake up call that there are dangers out there so that the PNP is... put on notice... They are put on notice about the possibility of these things," she said.
Marcos was elected by a majority after receiving over 31.1 million votes in the May elections.
— With reports from Vivienne Gulla and Wena Cos, ABS-CBN News