A Filipino translation of the column is available at this link.
By MBC Chairman Ramon R. Del Rosario Jr.
3 May 2016 – We will be electing our next president in 16 days. Amid the political noise and clutter, it may be good to pause to consider just what it is we are trying to achieve.
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was our guest at a recent meeting of the Management Association of the Philippines and the Makati Business Club. He is now the frontrunner in the presidential race, and Election Day is only a few days away.
As we consider our final choices, my appeal is that we pause to fully appreciate the implications of our vote. Whatever others may say, the choice of our next president does matter, very much. The reason our economy has done well these past six years, and many more jobs have been created compared to the previous 12, is mainly the improvement in governance provided by President Aquino and his Cabinet, which brought about the confidence investors needed to bring in their investments and create many more jobs.Speech, Updates
Below is the speech of presidential candidate, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, during the MBC-MAP Presidential Dialogues held last 27 April 2016 at the The Peninsula Manila in Makati City.Updates
23 April 2016 – We will be electing our next president in 16 days. Amid the political noise and clutter, it may be good to pause to consider just what it is we are trying to achieve.
From my perspective as a business executive, I can say unequivocally that the economy has had an unusually good six-year run. Simply stated then, our aim should be to preserve and build on our gains while also effectively addressing our shortcomings. We can start by recalling that it was improved governance that served as the foundation of our gains—good governance built around a President with a thin resumé, whose main credentials were his impeccable pedigree, his personal integrity, and his ability to bring together a core Cabinet of dedicated, honest and competent professionals, particularly in the social and economic clusters, and to forge working partnerships with the legislature and the private sector.Updates
9 April 2016 – At the Easter Sunday Mass I attended, I was struck by the priest’s statement that the phrase “Be not afraid” is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. Apparently, the Almighty wishes to remind us every single day that we should not allow fear to take over us.
That struck a chord in me as I, and apparently many other folks I know, have been fretting over the upcoming elections and the possible results. Many of us are afraid that we would step back yet again from the undeniably progressive steps forward made since the Aquino administration took office. Worse, there may be winning election combinations that may bring us back to the pre-1986 People Power Revolution, the dark days of martial law.
These are possibilities, but do we need to be afraid?