Sillimanians, including a former Cabinet secretary and a former president of Silliman University (SU) in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, are supporting vice president Leni Robredo’s bid for the presidency, Dr. Crispin Maslog said Thursday, March 10.
“She is, among the many candidates for the position, the only one who epitomizes the three principles for which Silliman stands – the way, the truth, and the life,” their statement said.
Maslog, former director of the SU College of Mass Communication, said among the hundreds of signatories of the statement are Dr. Angel C. Alcala, a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and former secretary of the Commission on Higher Education and of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and Dr. Ben Malayang, former DENR assistant secretary and president of the university.
Robredo knows the way to traverse in the next six years, after having served as vice president for the past six years, holding office quietly and serving in that capacity despite obstacles thrown her way by President Duterte, the statement said.
“She rendered services to people from all walks of life, from the North to the South, quietly but effectively. She is the most experienced among the candidates not only as an executive on the national level, but also as a local executive with years of experience working with her husband who was mayor in Naga, Camarines Sur, and as congresswoman,” it added.
She is a respected economist and lawyer, and will be able to guide the country out of the economic quagmire into which we have sunk, the statement also said.
Robredo has the experience and intuition only a woman can give, to nurse us out of the current pandemic, it said.
“We also do not forget that VP Leni lives the life of truth, despite the fake news thrown her way by the army of trolls funded by the Manchurian candidate who wants to revise history,” it added.
Robredo also lives the life of virtue that a national leader should live, it said.
“Only a virtuous leader can hope to solve the problem of corruption in our government,” the statement said.*