Former UN staffer backs Robredo in 2022 polls

More than 200 former employees of UN agencies across the world and in the Philippines say Vice President Leni Robredo’s platforms and background can bring ‘transformative change’

MANILA, Philippines – Retired officers, staff and technical advisers who have worked with various United Nations (UN) agencies have gathered to publicly endorse Vice President Leni Robredo’s candidacy for the presidency in the upcoming elections from May 2022.

In a statement shared with the media on Thursday, February 17, more than 200 former employees of UN agencies across the world and in the Philippines expressed their “wholehearted support” for Robredo, saying vice platforms -president, if elected in Malacañang, “will put us Filipinos on the right path of transformative change.

The decision to support Robredo is rare given that former staffers had worked for traditionally apolitical and silent groups. Among the signatories were those who worked for United Nations agencies such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the International Labor Organization, the World Health Organization, the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Development Program and the World Food Programme.

Group members hailed Robredo’s program, saying it addressed the country’s priority concerns such as health care, justice and human rights, gender equality, environmental protection , professional leisure and food safety, among others.

They also praised Robredo’s track record in government, which proved she could respond to Filipinos in need, despite her office’s limited budget.

“His bold action to meet the challenges of the COVID pandemic by providing adequate health care, financial assistance and livelihood opportunities is proof of his type of leadership: compassionate, competent, effective, efficient and strategic”, have they stated.

Firmly grounded in international law, the signatories hailed Robredo’s stance to uphold the Philippines’ arbitration award against China in the Western Philippine Sea and his support for the International Criminal Court’s investigation into the war on drugs being waged by the Duterte administration.

“VP Leni embodies our cherished values ​​as a people: honesty, integrity, strength and courage. With it, we can all hope for a government where transparency and accountability, truth and freedom, democracy and justice will prevail,” they said.

The full list of signatories is shown below:

The support from former UN agency staff, officers and technical advisers comes after at least 42 retired career diplomats, as well as retired former heads of the armed forces of the Philippines, have previously supported Robredo, saying she has “all the qualities of an ideal leader”. Executive and Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces.

Among those who signed the declaration were retired civil servants who served under the administrations of former President Benigno Aquino III, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Fidel Ramos. – Rappler.com

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