Age is just a number. Or age doesn’t matter. At least for love. And for other circumstances. However, they do give age limit when it comes to work. Especially if you are ambitious enough to dream of becoming the chief executive of the country. Being the head of state is no joke, from his power and roles, the monthly salary too, if we may add, which ranges from PHP 411,000-PHP 424,000 a month.
Before we further dive in to this article, do you have an idea about the power and roles of a president? Mind you, the president will serve his nation for six-year term and is not allowed to run again. Based on our constitution, the president is expected to serve as chief executive where he is given executive power to lead the government’s executive branch, which includes the Cabinet and all executive departments.
Also, the president holds the power of appointment in which he appoints the heads of executive departments, board of members and their leaders from any national government-related institutions, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, high-ranking officers of the armed forces, and other officials, that is, with the approval of the Commission on Appointments of course.
Other government agencies reports directly to the president which is under the Office of the President. Well, the Philippine President also has certain powers over non-Filipinos in the country.
In addition to that, the President of the Philippines has the authority to issue executive issuances, which are tools for streamlining an administration’s policies and activities.
Just a little recap, indicated in the Administrative Code of our 1987 constitution, there are six issuances a president can make, if you are a fancy of reading and watching news, you are probably knowledgeable about them, and they are as follow:
Executive orders— Acts of the President that establish general or permanent guidelines for the implementation or execution of constitutional or legislative authorities.
Administrative orders— Acts of the President that deal with certain parts of government operations in the course of his duties as the administrative head.
Proclamations— Acts of the President setting a date or proclaiming a status or condition of public importance or interest, the existence of which is made to depend on the operation of a specific legislation or regulation, shall be promulgated in proclamations that have the force of an executive order.
Memorandum orders— The President’s acts on matters of administrative detail, or of little or temporary importance that only affect a single officer or government office.
Memorandum circular— Acts of the President relating to internal administration that the President wishes to bring to the attention of all or some of the government’s departments, agencies, bureaus, or offices for information or compliance.
General or special orders— The President’s acts and commands as commander-in-chief of the Philippine Armed Forces shall be issued as general or special orders.
Don’t even deny it, some are eagerly waiting for the president’s proclamations of holidays as they are somehow our only opportunity to rest and relax.
Now, let us ask you this question: how well do you know our history specifically our previous presidents? How old are they when they reigned power as the highest executive officer of the Philippines?
If you are still not aware, according to the 1987 constitution article VII, to become a president of the Philippines, the candidate should be: a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, must be able to read and write, at least forty-years of age at the day of election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election.
But to tell you an interesting fact, before the 1987 constitution was established, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was only twenty-nine years old at his presidential inauguration. He was the known as the youngest to become the president of the Philippines until the minimum age qualification was imposed.
Ramon Magsaysay took the spot as the youngest when he won the election at forty-six years old. While the succeeding presidents were already seniors when they seated on the Malacañang.
Ferdinand Marcos: forty-eight years old, Benigno Aquino III: fifty years old, Diosdado Macapagal: 51 years old, Jose P. Laurel: fifty-two years old, Corazon Aquino: fifty-three years old, Gloria Arroyo: fifty-three years old, Manuel Roxas: fifty-four years old, Manuel L. Quezon: fifty-seven years old, Elpidio Quirino: fifty-seven years old, Carlos P. Garcia: sixty-years old, Joseph Estrada: sixty-one years old, Fidel V. Ramos: sixty-four years old, and Sergio Osmeña: sixty-five years old.
Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, was already seventy-one years old when he sworn as the government leader of the Philippines, hailing him as the oldest president of the country.
On the other hand, President-elect Bongbong Marcos is presently sixty-four years old with his upcoming inauguration next month.