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EDITORIAL: Marcos has four more years of opportunity

There are many ways of looking at the Marcos presidency thus far. By his own admission, there have been serious problems that were not properly addressed to his satisfaction, foremost of which is the high inflation rate experienced by the country under his watch.

That high inflation translates to high food prices, which the majority of the people have to face on a day to day basis with varying degrees of difficulty.

Having assumed the post of Agrarian chief until recently, Bongbong Marcos saw first hand how bad the problem is. He became acutely aware that smuggling and hoarding by traders have caused harm not only to the country’s farmers and fishermen, but also the ordinary consumers.

Not too long ago, he appointed a permanent Agriculture secretary, which has since given him the time needed to focus on the country’s myriad of problems, from the continuing attempts by China to take control of large parts of the West Philippine Sea, to the seemingly unending series of natural disasters no doubt brought about by climate change, to an uneasy transport sector unable to embrace the needed modernization, even to violent crimes that frequently involve the police.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has four more years as the country’s chief executive, more or less.

Some would look at those next four years are very likely more of the same. A scandal here and a scandal there, with Marcos having to figuratively assume the role of firefighter, at which point he would very likely be relieved that his time in Malacanang is over come 2028.

Or, he could do a better job as head of the executive department after having seen firsthand all the issues he needs to resolve. In short, he can take the lessons learned and try even harder to lift up the plight of the ordinary Filipino.

The country has a wealth of talent which may now be more amenable to joining his administration, after the wait-and-see period that came with any new administration has lapsed.

Thus far, it may be said that he is at the very least giving it a try. He does appear to work hard, and is traveling all over the country to gain a greater feel of the pulse of the nation.

We believe that giving him the benefit of the doubt will be a big help. This is not to say that we along with all legitimate media should let the Marcos administration have a free hand at anything and everything it wants to do.

But when we see that he is doing well, or at least shows that he sincerely wants to uplift our home country and our kababayans, there should be no room for criticizing him just for the same of criticizing his administration.

We are acutely aware that the Philippine presidency is a very tough job. If Marcos can focus on inclusive economic growth for the remainder of his term, we can only give our two thumbs up.