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PBBM on first foreign trip, appoints VP Sara as OIC

PBBM to Indonesia
PAL President & COO Capt. Stanley Ng sends his good wishes to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. who is now on his way to Jakarta via a Philippine Airlines government-chartered flight. PAL's modern Airbus A321neo is being utilized for the said state visit. (JERRY S. TAN)

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. yesterday left the country for his first foreign trip since assuming the presidency.

He left via a Philippine Airlines chartered flight for Indonesia and Singapore, with PAL President & COO Capt. Stanley Ng personally sending him off as his plane took off at shortly past 10 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

Marcos designated Vice President Sara Duterte as Officer-in-Charge via Special Order No. 75, wherein Duterte was tasked to “take care of the day-to-day operations in the Office of the President” and to “oversee the general administration of the Executive Department.”

Duterte may “act for and on behalf of the President, except on matters that the President is required by the Constitution to act in person, during this time that the President is outside the Republic of the Philippines from 04-07 September 2022,” the order stated.

All departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the government must assist Duterte in the discharge of her functions as OIC and “all acts of the Vice President for and on behalf of the President pursuant to this Order shall be deemed acts of the President unless disapproved or reprobated by the President.”

Marcos will be in Indonesia from September 4 to 6, upon the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and will go straight to Singapore on the invitation of Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and where he will stay from September 6 to 7.

In his pre-departure speech, Marcos said both state visits are meant to harness the Philippines’ potential of its vibrant trade and investment relations, adding that an economic briefing, business forums and meetings will also be held to attract more investments and buyers for exports to accelerate the country’s post-pandemic growth.

Marcos said he will also take time to meet with Filipinos both in Indonesia and Singapore.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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