PBBM upbeat, encouraging as a leader — Palace

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MANILA — President Marcos is an “upbeat” and “encouraging” leader who is well accepted as he does his official functions during his first few days in office, according to his spokesperson on Monday.

“So far he is upbeat, that’s the observation that we have made. He is very encouraging. He attended today’s flag ceremony, of course, as required… what I can say is that he’s always well-received,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said at her first press briefing at Malacañang.

“So when he attended the flag raising, it’s also quite exciting for the people who are working with him. So far that’s what we can observe,” she said.

In his statement during his first flag-raising ceremony as president, Marcos reassured the Malacañang staff that he considers them “partners” despite the changes in his leadership style.

“There will be changes but don’t worry. We are always – we consider you not as employees. You are our partners. We cannot do these without you,” the President said in mixed Filipino and English.

“And I’m very happy to see you all. You appear ready to go, very enthusiastic for this next administration. We need that. Keep it going. Keep up the good work that you have been doing for the years previous,” he said.

Meanwhile, Angeles refused to provide details when asked about the President’s official residence.

“For security reasons, we cannot really divulge that yet. We’ll wait for the final announcement, we will wait for then,” she said.

Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez, a relative of Marcos, said in an interview with CNN Philippines last week that the first family will stay at the Bahay Pangarap (House of Dreams).

“From what I’m told, the First Family will be staying in the Pangarap, which is on the other side of the Palace. It is being renovated right now,” Romualdez said. “In the meantime, they’ll stay in another place.”

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.