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10 May 2016 – The 2016 national and local elections were passionately contested. The campaign was fierce and people were deeply divided among personalities, parties, and platforms. In the face of these tensions, the will of the Filipino electorate prevailed. The Makati Business Club congratulates the nation for another successful manifestation of a fully-functioning and vigorous democracy.
The Commission on Elections deserves much appreciation for its management of a process, seen by many as highly credible, clean, and honest. We note that last minute changes in procedures, delays in logistical preparations, glitches in the Vote Counting Machines during election day itself, and the usual controversies presented significant challenges, which we believe Comelec adequately addressed. Indeed, automation is the way forward given the improvements since 2010, and the refreshing practice of losing candidates conceding early to the apparent winners, demonstrating dignity in the face of defeat, and the apparent winners showing humility in victory, should be commended.Updates
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.