A roaring sound from the sky caused by the high-speed FA-50 Philippine jets filled the heart of 7,000 plus people, not with fear but honor and pride, physically witnessing a grand and spectacular event during the significant day signaling another hopeful chapter of Philippine leadership.
President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr. sworn in the historic inauguration ceremony as the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Padre Faura in the city of Manila on the 30th day of June 2022.
The current Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo administered the inauguration rites of PBBM, staying beside him were his wife, First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos and his three children – Alexander Ferdinand Sandro, Joseph Simon and William Vincent, which marked his six-year term in the Malacañang.
The ceremony exhibited ecstatic view of the Military-Civic Parade mainly composed of troops and units from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) that meaningfully showcased military assets including tanks, boats, cannons, patrol cars and vehicles used for security, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, also, showing solid support to the new seated President.
In his inaugural speech, the new President conveyed his salute and utmost gratitude to all the guests present including the former presidents – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Joseph E. Estrada and Fidel V. Ramos; the Vice President-elect Sara Duterte – Carpio; Senate President Tito Sotto; foreign dignitaries and diplomatic corps; and to his mother, former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.
He also thanked the outgoing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the programs and projects initiated during his term, especially the infrastructure project, and promised to further enrich it to achieve an agile and resilient country.
After the inauguration of President Marcos, Jr., he proceeded to Malacañang Palace to administer the swearing of oath of the new members of his cabinet to which includes VP Sara Duterte-Carpio who will serve as the Secretary of Department of Education, as well as the newly elected public officials of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur at the President’s Hall and Reception Hall of the Palace.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Philippine National Police led by the Officer-in-Charge Police Lieutenant General Vicente D. Danao, Jr. ensured the security, peace and order and over-all success of the inauguration in collaboration with members of the AFP, PCG, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail and Penology, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Department of Health and other various force multipliers.
Furthermore, according to a statement by the PNP Directorate for Operations, Director Police Major General Valeriano T. De Leon, an estimated 15,213 total members from aforesaid agencies formed the force that ensured the peace and order of the historic event of which more than 6,000 were from the PNP.
This event signals imperative change of leadership in the administration, but the Philippine National Police is dedicated and shall remain impartial to its sworn duty to serve and protect, bearing in mind sense of service, honor and justice while maintaining its core values: Makadiyos, Makatao, Makakalikasan and Makabansa.
Wherever the President’s urge to address the Filipino’s yearnings, sentiments, needs and hopes brings us, in order to become an agile and resilient republic, there is the Philippine National Police.