Robredo gets endorsement from 7 former solons, 9 government officials

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NAGA, LUZON, PHILIPPINES - FEBRUARY 08: Philippines vice president Leni Robredo speaks to her supporters as she kicks off her campaign for presidential candidacy, on February 8, 2022 in Naga, Luzon, Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos from Bicol, Leni Robredo's home province, showed support as she promises good governance and a government free from corruption. Robredo is running against the son and namesake of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos that was accused and charged of amassing billions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth as he assumed the country's top post under martial rule.   (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
Philippines vice president Leni Robredo speaks to her supporters as she kicks off her campaign for presidential candidacy, on February 8, 2022 in Naga, Luzon, Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos from Bicol, Leni Robredo's home province, showed support as she promises good governance and a government free from corruption. Robredo is running against the son and namesake of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos that was accused and charged of amassing billions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth as he assumed the country's top post under martial rule. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

Four former senators, three former representatives, and 9 former executive branch officials appealed to Filipinos to support and vote for presidential aspirant and vice president Leni Robredo in the upcoming 2022 national elections.

“We strongly believe that VP Leni is the most qualified and trustworthy presidential candidate who has the political will to rebuild our sordid past, engender hope and inspiration among our people regardless of social standing, and bring about change that has long eluded us,” they said.

The signatories include:

Former Senators

  • Rodolfo Biazon

  • Ramon Magsaysay Jr.

  • Sergio Osmeña III

  • Wigberto Tañada

Former Representatives

  • Tomas Apacible (1st District of Batangas)

  • Raul Daza (1st District of Samar)

  • Felicito Payumo (1st District Bataan)

Former Government Officials

  • Grace Padaca (Isabela governor)

  • Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City mayor)

  • Senen Bacani (fAgriculture secretary)

  • Cesar Sarino (Interior and Local Government secretary)

  • Gemma Cruz-Araneta (Tourism secretary)

  • Ester Garcia (Higher Education commissioner)

  • Luis Sison (Philippine Retirement Authority chairman)

  • Virgilio Yuzon (PTV4 chairman)

  • Jose Osias (Poro Point Management Corp. director)

They added, “We throw our unequivocal support for VP Leni who leads with her heart, as much as she leads with her mind. This was especially apparent in the timely, efficient and innovative ways with which she implemented her own pandemic response plan.”

The signatories described Robredo as someone who is “fearless, action-oriented, inclusive and decisive.”

“VP Leni has successfully demonstrated in the last six (6) years despite the limited resources of her public office and underserved open hostility from the present administration,” the signatories said.

They went on to describe what they believe are Robredo’s qualities, such as her attention to “transparency, accountability and collaboration.”

“VP Leni champions only truth and facts, while others hide behind lies, excuses and denials. She values community participation and engagement, while others look only after their self-interests to gain unbridled power and influence,” they went on. “We want a president who respects our democratic processes, and will uphold our country's sovereignty and territorial integrity at all times.”

In their statement of unity, they heavily cited the words of the late Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Bobby Romulo, saying that Robredo was the leader “our country urgently needs”, and that they support her “in her quest to restore equity, prosperity and dignity to our people. And to forever remove the label 'sick man of Asia' and laughingstock in order to restore a country we can all be proud of.”

Robredo was vouched for by several officials from both the administrations of Fidel V. Ramos and the late Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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