Top ranked officials who served under the President Fidel V. Ramos administration endorsed the presidential candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo.
“We believe that Vice President Leni Robredo is the only presidential candidate who possesses the above-described qualities and who can credibly lead us Filipinos closer towards that dream.”
They enjoined all Filipinos to back Robredo’s candidacy.
In a statement Wednesday, the group said they are gravely concerned over the proliferation of misinformation, thought manipulation, misuse of surveys and money politics which divert the attention of the public from principled leaders.
The former officials stressed the need for a leader who will inspire unity, empower the people and bring out the best of servant leadership in government officials, among others.
“These are the leadership qualities that we directly witnessed President Ramos espouse and exemplify, and which we seek in the next President of our country,” they said in a joint statement.
Among the 23 signatories of the statement are:
Sen. Franklin Drilon, who was Justice Secretary
Dr. Carmencita Reodica, who was also Health Secretary (1996)
National Scientist Dr. Angel Alcala, who served as Environment Secretary
Former Agrarian Reform Secretary Ernesto Garilao
Academician and former CHEd chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, who headed the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW)
Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, who was Health Secretary (1995)
Former Finance Secretary Ramon Del Rosario, Jr.
Former Labor Secretary Nieves Confesor
The former officials said the 2022 national elections is crucial, especially since the country is still struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The country needs to elect a leader who will lead us into the positive path to the unified, humane, just, progressive, economically vibrant, sustainable and equitable society that is the dream of every Filipino,” they said.
Meanwhile, President Robredo said on Twitter she is humbled by the support of the Ramos administration officials.
“I look up to the leadership that FVR espoused, which I believe was affirmed by the brilliant people who served alongside him – matitino at mahuhusay,” she said.
“Makakaasa po kayo na lagi kong sisikapin to be worthy of the trust that you and our fellow Filipinos have given me,” Robredo said, addressing the former officials.