Former Cabinet members and government officials who served during the administration of the late President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Tuesday endorsed the presidential candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2022 elections.
A total of 95 former officials, including department heads, chiefs of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, retired ambassadors and career civil servants, signed the statement of support for Robredo.
"We share our people’s aspirations for a government led by a President who is competent, experienced and committed to the principles of integrity, democracy, and genuine public service," they said.
According to the former officials, Robredo embodies the kind of leadership "with a vision of greatness, prosperity, independence and self-respect for our country and our people," and is "inclusive and consultative."
Her brand of leadership is also "committed to serving the people with empathy and compassion," and one that "runs and honest and responsive government that inspires confidence and pride."
"We believe that the best candidate who embodies these aspirations is a true leader who brings with her a solid track record of serving the public; one who possesses all the qualities of an ideal Chief Executive and Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces," they said.
"We commit ourselves fully to Vice President Leni Robredo’s bid for the presidency to lead the Philippines on an upward path of recovery and greatness. We thus enjoin the Filipino people to give our country the leader that we all deserve," they added.
Although she is running as an independent candidate with pink as her campaign color, Robredo is the chair of the Liberal Party, where Aquino served as chairman emeritus until his death in June last year.
Robredo's husband, former Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo, served during Aquino's term until his death in 2012
One of the signatories of the statement of support is former Sen. Mar Roxas, who was Robredo's running mate in the 2016 elections.
Apart from the Aquino Cabinet, several former department heads and officials who served during the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos also backed Robredo's presidential bid.