Filipino economists support Leni Robredo’s presidential bid

More than 100 Filipino economists declared their support for the presidential bid of Leni Robredo. As of Friday, February 11, a total of 137 economists including five former directors-general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) are among the economists who have expressed support for the candidacy of Robredo.

The former NEDA chiefs include former NEDA chiefs Ernesto Pernia, who served in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte; Solita Monsod, who was Socioeconomic Planning secretary during the administration of late former President Corazon Aquino; Cielito Habito, who served during the Ramos administration; Dante Canlas, who served as NEDA chief during the Arroyo administration; and Emmanuel Esguerra, who served during the administration of the late former President Benigno Aquino III.

2022 presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Behind her is her running mate, Kiko Pangilinan.

Former Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo and economist-lawmaker Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo also signed the statement of support for the opposition leader.

The full statement of support is as follows:

FILIPINO ECONOMISTS’ STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL BID OF VICE PRESIDENT MA. LEONOR “LENI” GERONA ROBREDO

We, the undersigned economists, express our full support for the presidential bid of Ma. Leonor “Leni” Gerona Robredo.

At this time when our country is struggling to recover from its deepest economic crisis since the 1980s, we believe that government’s role has never been more indispensable. We are convinced that only a competent leadership can restore the people’s trust and confidence in government enabling it to effectively preside over the collective effort of economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic.

We believe that economic recovery merits priority in the next administration’s agenda. We share the hope of a majority of our people for an economic recovery that does not merely reproduce the inequities in our pre-pandemic society but eradicates their sources and expands economic and social opportunities for all in a level playing field. We understand the deep roots of these problems in the political economy of our society and realize that quick fixes will do little to solve them. That is why we endorse a leadership with a vision for the future; one that understands the protractedness of the economic challenges we face yet appreciates the urgency of providing relief and comfort to the vulnerable. We support responsible use of the various policy tools at the government’s disposal to address the nation’s pressing problems: the lack of gainful employment, inflation, food shortages, an inadequate public health system, the infrastructure deficit, cronyism, and corruption, among others.

We further believe that the country urgently needs a better pandemic response, one that is sound, prompt, informed by science, and evidence-based. This should be the centerpiece of any program for the complete resumption of economic activity: there will be no economic recovery to speak of unless the government focuses its efforts on the health crisis and addresses it systematically. Thus far the burden of adjustment has always been lopsided against the poor and marginalized in the country. Our nation cannot move forward on this basis.

In view of the foregoing, we believe that VP Leni Robredo is our best hope to turn the tide and bring back the people’s trust in government in order to restore and sustain vigor to people’s lives and livelihoods at the soonest possible time:

First, Robredo brings to the table a solid economics and legal background which will be necessary for crafting policies to accelerate economic recovery.

Second, Robredo has shown a genuine concern for the plight of the poor and marginalized through her decades of work as a human rights lawyer for grassroots organizations even before entering politics. This will be crucial not just in bringing back people’s trust in government, but also in making sure that economic recovery improves the lives of Filipinos from all walks of life.

Third and most important, Robredo has a proven track record of hands-on leadership and good governance, as evidenced by the efficient and responsive programs of the Office of the Vice President throughout the pandemic. Her COVID recovery plan released in November also provides a coherent and comprehensive strategy to address the lack of jobs, record hunger particularly in urban areas, and the need to beef up provision of economic aid and education assistance especially among the poor.

Bad governance is a poison that kills both lives and livelihoods. The pandemic made that clear. Robredo’s brand of good governance is the antidote this country needs in order to build back better from the twin crises plaguing our health and economy exacting a huge toll on the different sectors of the country. Her leadership will also lend our country much-needed credibility on the world stage. This will be instrumental in revitalizing our partnerships in the global economy and asserting our national sovereignty in the region, especially where the West Philippine Sea is concerned.

We invite our colleagues in other disciplines and groups to join us in supporting VP Robredo, so that we may begin to rebuild our faltering institutions, restore our faith in government, and rebuild the foundations for shared prosperity and dignity.

Signed:
1. Adrian Agbon, Doctoral Researcher, ELI-UCLouvain, Belgium
2. Adrian R. Mendoza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UP School of Economics
3. Agham C. Cuevas, Ph.D.
4. Agustin L. Arcenas, Ph.D, Associate Professor, UP School of Economics
5. Ailyn Shi, M.Sc., Assistant Professorial Lecturer, De La Salle University
6. Al-Habbyel Yusoph, M.A., Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman
7. Albert Lamberte, M.A., Teaching Associate, De La Salle University-Manila
8. Alejo V. Mayoralgo, Ateneo 1976 AB Economics, Asian Institute of Management MBM 1979, Vice Chair and Convenor, AIM Alumni for Leni, Makati 1sambayan, Robredo Peoples’ Council
9. Aleli D. Kraft, Ph.D.
10. Alfie Custodio, Ph.D., Dean, Business College, Notre Dame of Dadiangas University
11. Alfonse Lazatin, M.Sc., Lecturer, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
12. Alma Porciuncula, M.A., Project Team Leader, DAI Global LLC
13. Ammielou Gaduena, Ph.D. Candidate, UP School of Economics
14. Anne Marie Go, Ph.D., Associate Professor, De La Salle University
15. Anthony Sabarillo, M.A., Teaching Fellow, UP School of Economics
16. Antonio C. Causing
17. Ariane T. Manlangit, M.Sc., Researcher, Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis (IDEA) Inc.
18. Arlene Garces-Ozanne (B.Sc. Economics, UP School of Economics), Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, University of Otago (NZ)
19. Arlene P. Donaire (M.A. Economics, UP School of Economics; M.P.A., Harvard Kennedy School), Development Management Specialist
20. Asa Jose Sajise, Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños
21. Atty. Farah Decano, B.S. Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman
22. Benedict Jr. M. Evangelista, Ph.D. Candidate, UP School of Economics
23. Bertie Lim, M.B.A., M.P.A.
24. Brian Jason H. Ponce, M.Sc., University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College
25. Carlos Santiago B. Tabora, Ph.D., Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
26. Carmela Ortiz, Alumna Batch 85, UP School of Economics
27. Charles John P. Marquez, M.A.
28. Charlon B. Mayo, M.A., Lecturer, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
29. Charmaine Crisostomo, M.A.
30. Cielito Habito, Ph.D., Professor, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
31. Cielo Magno, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman
32. CJ Castillo, Lecturer, Ateneo De Manila University
33. Cristina Bautista, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
34. Cristina C. David, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow (retired), Philippine Institute for Development Studies
35. Dante B. Canlas, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, UP School of Economics
36. Divine Krizza B. Padua, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines
37. Diwa C. Guinigundo, Member, Advisory Board, Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, Singapore Management University
38. Doreen Erfe, M.A.
39. Duke Donald R. Cotoco, M.A., Lecturer, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
40. Edgardo Madrilejo
41. Edgardo Manuel Jopson, M.Sc., Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
42. Edna Espos, M.Sc., M.B.M., Independent consultant
43. Ellen H. Palanca, Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
44. Emilio S. Neri, Jr., Lead Economist, Private Financial Institution
45. Emmanuel Esguerra, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines (ret.)
46. Emmanuel P. Lopez Dee, M.A.D.E., Independent Consultant
47. Emmanuel R.B. Madarang, University of Asia and the Pacific
48. Emmanuel S. de Dios, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines
49. Enrique Lozari, Ph.D., Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
50. Ernesto Bautista, Ph.D.
51. Ernesto M. Pernia, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines
52. Esther J. Capistrano
53. Fernando Aldaba, Ph.D., Professor, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
54. Filomeno Sta. Ana III, Action for Economic Reforms
55. Frances S. Amado
56. Francisco M. Largo, M.A.
57. Froland Tajale, Lecturer, University of Santo Tomas
58. Genesis Kelly S. Lontoc, M.A., M.B.A., M.S., Associate Chair, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
59. Geoffrey Ducanes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
60. Germelino M. Bautista, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Ateneo de Manila University
61. Gerwyn P. Enerlan, Instructor, University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College
62. Gilberto Llanto, Ph.D., Former President, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (ret.)
63. Hanny John P. Mediodia, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Visayas
64. Irene Jo Arzadon, Fellow, UP Diliman School of Economics
65. Irwin Cruz, Ph.D., Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
66. Jahm Mae E. Guinto, M.A., Assistant Professorial Lecturer, De La Salle University School of Economics
67. Jan Carlo Punongbayan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UP School of Economics
68. Jan Lorenzo Alegado, M.S.
69. Jason Alinsunurin, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Lasallian Mission, DLSU School of Economics
70. Jeanne Frances I. Illo, M.A., Former Research Associate (ret.), Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University
71. Jeannette Niña N. Claveria – Delos Reyes, M.A., Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
72. Jefferson Arapoc, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños
73. Jerik Cruz, Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
74. Jermy Prenio, Principal Advisor, Bank for International Settlements
75. Jessica Ann C Jola, M.S., Lecturer, University of San Carlos
76. Jessica Reyes-Cantos, President, Action for Economic Reforms
77. Jhon Louie B Sabal, M.A., Chairperson, Department of Economics, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan
78. Jo-Ann Diosana, M.A., Action for Economic Reforms
79. Joselito T. Sescon, Assistant Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
80. Joseph Anthony Lim, Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
81. Joseph Edward B. Alegado, M.A., M.P.M., Lecturer, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
82. Joseph El Roy B. Cassion II, M.A., Assistant Professor, Father Saturnino Urios University – Butuan City
83. Jovi Clemente Dacanay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Business Economics Doctoral Program Director, University of Asia and the Pacific
84. Joy Abrenica, Professor, University of the Philippines
85. Joy Chavez
86. Jude David Roque, M.Sc.
87. Jude Esguerra
88. Julian Thomas B. Alvarez, M.A., Lecturer, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
89. Kenneth Isaiah Ibasco Abante, Research Faculty, Ateneo de Manila University
90. Laarni Escresa
91. Laurence Go
92. Leo Jaymar Uy, Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
93. Leonardo A. Lanzona, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
94. Lourdes S. Adriano, Ph.D.
95. Luis F. Dumlao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
96. Luis Reyes Jr., University of the Philippines
97. Luisito Cagandahan Abueg, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños
98. Lylve Maliz L. Zeller, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Visayas
99. Ma. Angelica B. America, Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
100. Ma. Piedad Geron, Ph.D., Independent Consultant
101. Madeleine Balane-Estabillo, M.A., Assistant Professor, De La Salle University-Manila
102. Maedel Lara, University of the Philippines Diliman
103. Majah-Leah Ravago, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
104. Manuel Goseco, M.A., Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
105. Maria Angeles O. Catelo, Associate Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños
106. Maria Kristina G. Alinsunurin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños
107. Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista
108. Maria Teresa B. Tumbali
109. Maria Tricia Yvonne E. Villanueva
110. Marie Nathalie Ting-Ouano, M.A., Part-time Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University
111. Mario B. Lamberte, Ph.D., Former President, Philippine Institute for Development Studies; Director of Research, ADB Institute (ret.)
112. Miah Maye Pormon,M.A., University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College
113. Michael Alba, Ph.D.
114. Miguel De Jesus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, CUNEF Universidad
115. Miharu Kimwell, M.D., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, University of the Philippines School of Economics
116. Mitzie Irene P. Conchada, Ph.D., Professor, De La Salle University
117. Nico Ravanilla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California San Diego
118. Noemi C. Bautista, M.A., UP School of Economics
119. Perpy C. Tio, M.A., Mindanawon
120. Philip Arnold Tuano, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
121. Rep. Stella Quimbo, Ph.D., Former Professor, UP School of Economics; Congresswoman, House of Representatives
122. Rodelio F. Subade, Ph.D., Professor and UP Scientist, University of the Philippines Visayas
123. Rolando A Danao, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines
124. Rosalina Palanca-Tan, Ph.D., Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
125. Rosario G. Manasan, Ph.D., Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (ret.)
126. Rose Fres Fausto, Behavioral Economist, Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University
127. Sandra P. Herrera, M.A., Strategic Planning and Projects Manager, San Miguel Foods, Inc.
128. Sarah Kathrina Gomez, M.A.
129. Sheila Marie M. Encabo, M.A.
130. Solita Collas-Monsod, Professor Emerita, UP School of Economics
131. Susan Castrence Lara, UP School of Economics
132. Teresa Jayme Ho
133. Veronica Castillo, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines
134. Vickee V. Quimbo, Senior Lecturer, University of the Philippines
135. Virginia de Guia-Abiad, D.B.A., Associate Professor, UP Baguio (ret.); Associate Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus
136. Winfred Villamil, Ph.D., Former Dean, DLSU School of Economics
137. Zenaida M. Sumalde, Adjunct Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños

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