BETTER PHILIPPINES. President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. asks Filipinos to help him achieve a better Philippines during the 10th cityhood of Bacoor City in Cavite on Thursday (June 23, 2022). He also expressed confidence that he would succeed in lifting the country from poverty as long as Filipinos rally behind him. (Screengrab)

MANILA – President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday enjoined Filipinos to unite and help his administration pursue the dream of providing a better life for all Filipinos.

Marcos reiterated this call as he attended the 10th cityhood anniversary of Bacoor City, saying the government could not succeed without the help and support of Filipinos.

“Tulungan niyo po ako. Mahirap po ang ating kailangang gawin, marami po ang ating kailangang gawin. Ngunit sa tulong ninyo, sa pagkakaisa ninyo, sa ating pangarap na pagandahin ulit ang buhay ng Pilipino…ay magiging totoo pag tayo ay nagkaisa (Please help me. What we need to do is difficult, what we need to do will be a lot. But with your help, your unity in my dream of giving Filipinos a better life… we will truly be united),” he said in his speech.

Marcos also expressed confidence that he would succeed in lifting the country from poverty as long as Filipinos rally behind him.

“Kahit marami po tayong nakikita na maghahadlang sa ating ninanais na pagandahin ang Pilipinas. Malakas po ang loob ko magsabi na mayroon pa rin tayong maliwanag at magandang kinabukasan at nasasabi ko po ‘yun dahil nasa likod ko ang lahat ng Pilipino (Even if a lot of factors try to hinder our desire to make the Philippines greater, I have the courage to say that we still have a bright and beautiful future and I can say that because all Filipinos are behind me),” he said.

He said he did not pass up the chance to attend the city’s 10th cityhood anniversary upon invitation of Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla, noting that Caviteños’ votes contributed in helping him win the presidency with an overwhelming 31 million votes.

“Nung natanggap ko ang imbitasyon galing sa inyong butihing mayor ay sinabi ko, siguro naman karapat-dapat na ang una kong paglabas bilang President-elect ay magpunta ako at magpasalamat ako sa mga taga Bacoor at sa mga taga Cavite sa iyong ibinigay na resulta sa nakaraang halalan (When I received the invitation from your mayor, I said, perhaps it is only deserving that my first public appearance as President-elect would be to thank the people of Bacoor and Cavite for the results you gave during the recent elections),” he said.

He said he also does not want to miss the event as he was pleased that the city has kept its tradition of being known as the “Marching Band Capital of the Philippines.”

“Akoý natutuwa naman na makita na ipinapagpatuloy ninyo ang tradisyon ng Bacoor na ang inyong pagdiriwang ay ipinapagmamalaki ninyo ang inyong Marching Band Capital of the Philippines. Burger kayong lahat sa akin (I am happy to see that you are continuing the tradition of Bacoor by taking pride in being the Marching Band Capital of the Philippines. You all get free burgers),” he added.
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Bacoor, Cavite's so-called gateway to and from southern Metro Manila, became a city after a plebiscite on June 23, 2012.

The historical first-class city became a lone congressional district in December 2010 also upon approval of Congress and Malacañang.

The name Bacoor is said to have come from the word “bakod”, which means “fence”. (PNA)