23 Ramos administration officials back Robredo's presidential bid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) — Twenty-three former government officials who served during the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos pledged to help Vice President Leni Robredo win the presidency.

The former government officials — including 14 Cabinet secretaries who served from 1992 to 1998 — said the country sorely needs a leader who will bring out the best of servant leadership in public officials, inspire unity in the government and among Filipinos, and empower the country to once again become a humane, progressive, and economically vibrant nation.

"We believe that Vice President Leni Robredo is the only presidential candidate who possesses the above-described qualities, and who can credibly lead us Filipinos closer to that dream," they said in a statement.

"We therefore enjoin our fellow Filipinos to support her candidacy, as we ourselves pledge our wholehearted commitment to do our share to help her become the next president of the Republic of the Philippines," they added.

Robredo said she is humbled by the support of the officials, whom she described as brilliant public servants.

"Marami po ang nagsasabi na (Many say) FVR had one of the best pool of Cabinet secretaries in recent years. Honored by the faith you have placed upon me, Sirs and Ma’ams. Makakaasa po kayo na lagi kong sisikapin (Rest assured I will work hard) to be worthy of the trust that you and our fellow Filipinos have given me," she tweeted.

CNN Philippines correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.