Senator Imee Marcos as President-Elect Bongbong Marcos' 'SAP'?
From dealing with the next phase of the country's economic recovery to addressing rising oil prices, taxes, and debt, president-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is going to have a lot on his plate, to say the least. There's still some vacant positions in his cabinet, too. But hey, he seems to have a robust economic team now, with the appointments of Arsenio Balisacan to the National Economic and Development Authority, Benjamin Diokno to the Department of Finance, and Alfred Pascual to the Department of Trade and Industry. That's a good start.
He has also found a "S.A.P." Well, make that two, after his sister, Senator Imee Marcos, appointed herself one—but it's not what you think, okay?
In an interview with DZBB on Sunday, May 29, the senator laid out her views on how the 19th Congress can have a good working relationship with the incoming administration. And it might just start with the siblings' bond.
"'Super Ate ng Pangulo!' Kung may S.A.P. Bong Go si President Duterte. Biglang self-appointed naman akong S.A.P. ni Bongbong," she quipped.
Officially though, Marcos Jr.'s camp announced last week that he found his Special Assistant to the President in Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo Jr. Go served as S.A.P. during the Duterte Administration and was a constant presence at his Talk to the People program and various other state affairs.
The senator said that being the president's elder sister should bode well for the the executive and legislative branches. She claimed that this should help smoothen the process for new legislation.
“All these things if clear in the LEDAC (Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council), for example, and discussed earlier, maybe we could do things faster and get better laws," she expressed. "We need to be agile for the next few months so that we can recover quickly, like fiscal consolidation, removal of budget excess, efficiency in tax collections, avoidance of another tax as workers are already struggling."
The older Marcos also hopes that a veto can be avoided, because it's "inefficient and costly," as she put it. She also pointed out that a possible veto would just burden the national treasury.
There already happens to be a Presidential Legislative Liaison Officer (P.L.L.O.). This position's primary function is the facilitation of communications and collaboration between the executive, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. Nevertheless, being an ate to the president should have its advantages, right?