Leni grateful for support from former government officials

LENI TO BATAAN. Vice President Leni Robredo received a warm welcome from her supporters and local officials in Bataan during her visit on Saturday, February 12. Robredo was greeted by Governor Albert Raymond ‘Abet’ Garcia and 1Bataan officials at the Provincial Capitol (Bunker) in Balanga, Bataan. Robredo thanked the Bataanenos for their support and tireless campaigning to bring him to victory in the May 2022 elections. (VP Leni Media Bureau)

Vice President Leni Robredo expressed her gratitude to economists, retired military personnel, diplomats and former government officials who supported her presidential bid.

She said it gives her confidence that the people who have served the country believe in her.

ability to be the next president.

“They are all very capable and well-respected people who have spent a good part of their lives working for the government. That they believe Vice President Leni should be the country’s next president because of her leadership and qualifications is a boost for the campaign, and we hope it can inspire and encourage others to support her candidacy. presidential election,” Robredo spokesman Barry Gutierrez said.

On February 11, more than 130 Filipino economists issued a statement expressing their full support for Robredo’s presidential candidacy.

At least seven former secretaries of socio-economic planning and heads of the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) signed the declaration.

“We believe Vice President Leni Robredo is our best hope to reverse the tide and restore people’s trust in government to restore and maintain the vigor of people’s lives and livelihoods as soon as possible.” , the group said.

The group added that Robredo is a trained economist and lawyer who has dedicated herself to legal aid for the poor.

He said the vice president also has “a proven track record of practical leadership and good governance, as evidenced by the effective and responsive programs of the office of the vice president throughout the pandemic.”

The group endorsed the vice president’s Kalayaan sa Covid (Freedom from Covid) plan, describing it as a “coherent and comprehensive” document.

They said the country’s economy can only recover if the government focuses on a systematic response to the pandemic.

Among the former secretaries of socioeconomic planning who signed the endorsement were Solita “Winnie” Collas-Monsod, Emmanuel F. Esguerra, Dante Canlas, Cielito Habito, and Ernesto Pernia, who was Chief Neda during the Duterte administration.

Other signatories to the statement were Marikina representative Stella Quimbo, who holds a Ph.D. graduate and former professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics and Diwa C. Guinigundo, former deputy governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

On February 8, the start of the official campaign period, 47 other retired military personnel, diplomats and career government officials, mostly from the administration of the late President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, joined their colleagues in support of Robredo. to the presidency.

Earlier this month, nearly a hundred former government officials, career diplomats and four retired military leaders under President Aquino endorsed Robredo’s candidacy.

Among those who recently signed the statement were former Ambassador Jose Cuisia, former CEO of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority Lilia de Lima, head of the Philippine Commission on Women Emmeline Versoza, former Vice Admiral Alex Pama, former Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces. Lt. Gen. Salvador Mison and former Air Force Commanding Generals Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino de la Cruz and Jeffrey Hidalgo.

A number of cabinet members under the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos also endorsed Robredo’s presidential candidacy.

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