From left: Madonna Merveille and Precy Vizcarra, along with their companions, wait in line outside the Club Intramuros Golf Course to witness Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s inauguration.
MANILA, Philippines — From lowering market prices to continuing the Duterte legacy, supporters of the newly sworn-in chief of state Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. believe he will fulfill his promises during his term.
To culminate the celebration following the victory of their presidential bet, Marcos' supporters flocked to the Club Intramuros Golf Course in Manila to witness his inauguration on Thursday.
But they didn't come empty-handed as they brought their high expectations for the president.
INQUIRER.net spoke with a few of Marcos' supporters to peek into their wishlist for the administration.
A promise to lower prices
Madonna Merveille, 65, and Precy Vizcarra, 68, trust Marcos is capable of trimming down the cost of goods just as he vowed.
"Siya lang ang pinakamatalinong presidente. Lahat ng bilihin, ibababa niya — kuryente, tubig, bigas," they said.
(He is the smartest president. He will reduce the prices of all goods — electricity, water, and rice.)
Marcos has so far committed to cutting down the price of rice and seeking a study that would recommend a solution to the high power rates in the country.
Better than before
Noting that she has been a Marcos loyalist since birth, Virginia Carreon, 64, expressed confidence that the president will outperform his predecessors.
"Marami kaming inaasahang maganda na hindi naibigay ng mga nakaraang presidente. Kaya siguradong sigurado na uunlad iyong bansa natin at saka lahat ng pangako niya matutupad. Ganyan ang tatak Marcos kaya masaya kami na nanalo siya," she stressed.
(We're expecting a lot of good things from him, especially those that were not accomplished by previous presidents. We're certain that the country will prosper and all of his promises will be fulfilled because that's the Marcos trademark. And that's why we're happy that he won.)
Duterte legacy continued
Another self-confessed loyalist Edgar Flaminian, 50, said he hopes Marcos would adopt the legacy of former President Rodrigo Duterte.
"Sana magawa niya 'yong mga sinabi niya. Dapat niyang ipagpatuloy 'yong mga nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte," he noted.
(I hope he follows through with what he earlier said. He should continue what President Duterte has started.)
Chairman of the DDS-Metro Manila BBM-Sara volunteer support group Suhaili Abangon, 59, echoed Flaminian's call to uphold what Duterte has established during his term.
He said: "Naniniwala po ako sa kaniya na kung ano man ang nakita natin na nagawa ng ating mahal na Pangulong [Duterte], iyon din ang susundan ni Bongbong Marcos."
(I believe in him. Bongbong Marcos will pursue what we witnessed during the term of our beloved President Duterte.)
Marcos-Duterte volunteer group leader Suhaili Abangon carries a congratulatory tarpaulin for Marcos Jr. with his fellow supporters.
The Duterte administration left a controversial legacy characterized by its brutal campaign against illegal drugs .
The former president is facing a complaint before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in connection with the killings under his bloody drug war.
Marcos' earlier bared his plan to continue the campaign in his own terms. He even attempted to get Duterte as his drug czar , which the latter turned down.
Clad in his Bongbong Marcos shirt, Mike dela Cruz shows off his other Marcos-related memorabilia.
Mirroring Marcos Sr. and Duterte
Mike dela Cruz, 48, expressed his hopes for Marcos' administration to reflect both Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Sr.'s legacies.
"Ang inaasahan ko po kay Bongbong Marcos ay ipagpatuloy niya 'yong nagawa ng tatay niya, si President Marcos Sr., at si President Duterte. Iyong mga sinasabi niyang plataporma noong tumatakbo pa lang siya, ipagpatuloy niya," Cruz stressed.
(I expect Bongbong Marcos to continue what his father, President Marcos Sr., and President Duterte started. The platforms he earlier shared when he was campaigning should be fulfilled.)
Marcos Sr., the president's late father and namesake, was a known strongman when he imposed martial law over the country decades ago.
Cruz, however, came in the defense of Marcos: "Ang kasalanan ng ama ay hindi kasalanan ng anak. Wala pong kasalanan 'yong anak."
(The faults of his father are not his. It's not the son's sins.)
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