Ex-Arroyo Cabinet Members, Officials Back Robredo for President

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Former Cabinet members and government officials who served during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday endorsed Leni Robredo for president, citing her leadership qualities.

A total of 47 former government officials signed the declaration of support for Robredo, whom they described as a "strong woman to rekindle our energy and resolve" as Filipinos attempt to recover from the pandemic.

Arroyo is backing the presidential bid of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

"Leni Robredo represents the tough love of our mothers. She has the tenacious will to persuade. She drives our communities along the path of resilience," the former officials said.

They also praised Robredo for helping communities and for working towards giving better education for Filipinos. "Her daily work is transparent in talk and action. She is honest with the people's money," they added.

"She is rock-steady for military might, human security, and peace talks. She guards our Exclusive Economic Zone with constant vigilance and honorable diplomacy. As President, Chief Diplomat, and Commander-in-Chief, Leni Robredo stands in front of our great battles, here and beyond our shores," they said.

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"Vote Leni Robredo. Let the Philippines lead," they added.

Among those who signed the declaration of support are members of the so-called "Hyatt 10" who resigned from the Arroyo cabinet in 2005 after her purported wiretapped phone calls to an election official were leaked and tainted her election victory the year before.

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Arroyo's Cabinet members and officials who signed the statement add to the increasing number of former government heads who are backing Robredo's presidential bid.

Previously, several department heads who served during the presidencies of Fidel V. Ramos and Benigno Aquino III also backed Robredo for president.

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