Those supporting Robredo includes other senior government officials and career civil servants.
In the statement, they said Robredo possesses the characteristics of a leader who is competent, experienced, and committed to principles of integrity, democracy, and genuine public service.
“We believe that the best candidate who embodies these aspirations is a true leader who brings with her a solid track record of serving the public; one who possesses all the qualities of an ideal Chief Executive and Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces,” the statement added.
“We commit ourselves fully to Vice President Leni Robredo’s bid for the presidency to lead the Philippines on an upward path of recovery and greatness,” they added.
In a tweet, the Vice President thanked the officials for their trust and support, adding that she knew about their “culture of competence and collaboration” from her late husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Robredo, who is running as an independent candidate, denied the “dilawan,” or officials previously affiliated with the Liberal Party, will receive favors if she wins in the May 9 race. When asked if officials with ties to the Aquino family will be appointed to government posts, she said many officials have already left the political party.
“Kakaunti na lang ‘yung mga natirang pulitiko sa Liberal Party, such that nag-desisyon nga ‘yung partido na i-bukas na sa ordinaryong mamamayan, i-bukas na sa society, i-bukas sa mga advocacy groups, i-bukas sa mga interest groups ‘yung membership ng partido,” she said in the DZBB radio interview.
Twenty-three former government officials who served during the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos also pledged back in January to help Robredo win the presidency.