My Challenge To President Bongbong Marcos As A Small, Insignificant, and Powerless Filipino

His Excellency, the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr.

This presidency is his LAST CHANCE to redeem his family’s name and reputation. If he fucks up, then not only is his family screwed, the whole country is screwed. Fool the people once, shame on him, fool us twice, shame on us.

I really hope he realizes this so that he will do the utmost within his power to improve the living standards of our countrymen, especially the poor. As a matter of fact, I hope PBBM prioritizes the poor and the middle class because noong panahon ng mga Dilawan, mga mayayaman lang naman ang nakinabang. Kaya pansin ninyo, mga elitista, Simbahan, at Oligarchs ang karamihan sa supporters ni Leni? It’s because they know Leni will be the puppet whose strings they will pull to further their cause which is to make themselves richer at the expense of the middle class.

I may be optimistic, but I’m not a blind supporter of PBBM. I, in my own little way even as a small and powerless citizen of this country, will be vigilant in watching him for the next 6 years. I’m praying for him that the good Lord may guide his presidency.

Again, this is his final chance to prove the naysayers wrong. Either he makes it or breaks it, there is no in-between. A substandard to mediocre performance is as good as a failure.

He should always keep in mind that a 31 million majority placed their hopes on him, this is both motivation and a massive responsibility upon his shoulders. However, this does not give license to us, especially the press to be quick to criticize his every movement. Give the man some leeway, to the critics, give the man a chance, his last fighting chance, and if he fails, you have every right to gloat, but consider this: what if he proves you wrong?

Have you ever ruminated on the likelihood that perhaps you were blinded by the hatred and messages of malcontent perpetrated by mass media propaganda all along?

Always pray, be vigilant, do your part as a law-abiding Filipino citizen, and if you can, live a life that is not too dependent on government charity because at the end of the day, it is only yourself who has to fend for your own self. A person who blames external influences for all of his difficulties is being lazy and irresponsible. The government is not God, and should not be worshipped nor depended on as such.

But take heart, that being said, have a little faith in BBM’s administration, have hope in the future because it is unknown and until it is thus unknown, there is still the possibility that it may be good. Don’t just react to circumstances, but act to make those circumstances favorable. Resist being a fatalist, but accept that there are some things which go beyond our control.

And finally, Mr. President, I believe in a Higher Power and I know there is a reason why you won. In fact what is happening is basically the Hegelian Dialectic at work: you are the synthesis of both the thesis and antithesis that the Philippines went through the last 50 years in terms of political Weltanschauung starting from the declaration of Martial Law until the 1986 People Power Revolution, the years after that, and culminating in the 2022 National Elections wherein you emerged victorious. The ball is now in your court, we’ll be watching you.

To my friends, both pro and anti, remember one thing: it may not seem tangible right now, but one should never underestimate the Hand of God as it moves History.

I said my piece.



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Aiko Lactaotao

Aiko Lactaotao


Writer whose heart is in the avant-garde, in dire need of therapy for Logolepsy, while being a lifelong hesher living the br00tal lyfe in her parent’s basement.