Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo shared words of confidence on President Rodrigo Duterte’s capabilities to win the battle against would take the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and lift up the economy damaged by it.
“President Duterte has demonstrated the willingness to take swift strong action when needed, such as being among the first to ban flights from China during the early days of the pandemic, and the lockdown last March which in some aspects still remains in place today,” Arroyo said.
“Thus, if severe consequences result from tipping the balance in favor of the economy, we can be confident the President can take the necessary remedial measures,” she said.
She also backed the abilities of the president’s economic team.
“I am fully confident in the ability of our economic team to design a solution to suit today’s situation,” she said.
Arroyo also expressed her support for the proposed economic stimulus package that the House of Representatives formulated.
“On the part of Congress, I have great confidence in the work that the committees of Congressman Joey Salceda, Congresswoman Sharon Garin, and Congresswoman Stella Quimbo undertook to help frame a program to address the recession that now faces us. I trust the Senate will also do its part,” she added.