President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. will be celebrating his first 100 days in the office tomorrow, October 8, 2022. In his first three months, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Dubai, where he garnered 46,382 votes during the 2022 national elections, weighed in on his performance since he sat as the Philippines’ president on June 30, 2022.
During the campaign period, Marcos pledged many things, including unifying leadership, expanding and continuing the Build! Build! Build! program that the previous administration started, and prioritizing the industrial, agricultural, and tourism sectors, among others.
Dubai-based social media manager Mr. Treb Gomez seemed to be unsatisfied with how Marcos handles the country.
“It’s quite a hard ride accepting na nailuklok natin si BBM to lead our country, but you know, since day one, i haven’t seen, or even felt the outlined promises during the 2022 electoral campaign and the SONA,” he told The Global Filipino Magazine.
Gomez, who has been working and living in the emirate for six years now, added: “Asan na ang call for unity? Ang aga-aga pa, pero we can only see in the news ung patuloy na summary executions ng mga journalists, while the leadership takes a toll on parties here and there. So, 100 days is my witness to a promise of crap leadership.”
For her part, Bella Marbella, a marketing executive for a Dubai-based publication, said that the first 100 days of Marcos do not justify his work for the country as of now as it’s too early to tell.
“There are many factors why and how did the inflation rate rise once again. Hopefully, he could do something about this, knowing most of our kababayans voted for him as the president,” she added.
“Goodluck Pilipinas yun lang ang masasabi ko. I just want to see our country free of debt, pero mukhang malayo pa kung di gagawa ng paraan ang gobyerno dito at corruption ang mangyayari,” she further added.
The inflation rate in the Philippines increases further by 6.9 percent in September from 6.3 percent in August, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA),
National Statistician Dennis Mapa said that food prices continue to increase in the past few months.
“Nakikita namin na ang food talagang tumataas at makikita natin sa individual subgroups halos lahat tumaas at ito ay across different regions,” he said in an ABS-CBN News report.
Orli Gayeta, a marketing manager for a magazine in the UAE, echoed Marbella’s comment.
“It’s too early to say, but everything he did was so far so good. And from an OFW’s perspective, I would describe the President’s first 100 days very inspiring,” he said.
When The Global Filipino Magazine ran a survey earlier this morning, out of the 814 who responded, 318 said Marcos’ performance was ‘Excellent’ during the said period.
Meanwhile, 242 marked him ‘Very Good’ and 165 are ‘Not Satisfied.’
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