Former Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) deputy governor Diwa Guinigundo has described Vice President Leni Robredo as highly competent in helping people during pandemic even with the meager resources.
“Her ability to do with less is the leadership the country needs as it recovers from the pandemic while saddled with a huge deficit,” Guinigundo said.
He also said with Robredo outperforming other agencies with huge allocations is “a skill set we need in the post-COVID era” when the cost of reconstruction weighed down tax collection.
Robredo is running for President in the May 9 elections.
“The next President must be able to judiciously utilize scarce resources,” Guinigundo, adding that among the candidates for President “Robredo is the only one with executive experience to make every peso count.”
He said the country is entering an era when a COVID-hit economy will not be able to contribute revenues that can substantially finance a national budget.
As a result, he insisted that the country needed a Robredo presidency that would provide “the necessary ingredients to kick start the economy.”
“One, she will inspire market confidence. She will attract investors who will be lured that an economist is at the helm,” he said. “They will see her as both fair to labor, capital and consumers.”
According to Gunigundo, Robredo was able to maximize her office’s allocation to fund an operation national in scope.
He added that Robredo’s accomplishments were supported by a “catalog of resibos” that shows various projects across the country.
Recalling the projects she had done in a province or a town, even in remote areas like Ayutaya in Palawan, has been a feature of Robredo’s speeches during her sorties.
He also said the VP has no qualms “rolling up her sleeves” to accomplish something for the people, even if it meant she would be inconvenienced.
“VP Leni is the leader who will join you in a bus or motor ride just to reach places needing help. He is not a leader who will demand a first-class seat in an airplane.”