House Senior Deputy Speaker and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gave an idea of how the attendees at the World Economic Forum (WEF) view the Philippines, which was represented in the event by President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
"Ibibigay ko ang aking general observations tungkol sa reaction ng mga international leaders gaya ni Prime Minister Blaire," Arroyo, Pampanga's 2nd district congresswoman, said in an interview over RTVM.
"Unang-una, positive ang reaction nila tungkol sa ating Covid response (I will give my general observations about the reaction of international leaders like former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blaire. First of all, their reaction on our Covid response is positive)," she said.
"At ikalawa naman, kinikilala nila na mahusay ang pangangasiwa ng Pilipinas. In fact, historically, maganda ang track record ng ating bansa na magagaling ang mga economic managers kung sino pa man ang pangulo (Second, they recognize how well the Philippines is run. In fact, historically, the country has a nice track record in picking good economic managers notwithstanding the president)," noted Arroyo, who is herself an economist.
"So ibig sabihin noon, stable ang pagpalakad ng ating ekonomiya kaya’t maganda ang ating economic forcast sa 2023 (That means that our economy is stable and as such we have good economic forecast this 2023)," she added.
"In one sentence, the Philippines is an excellent investment destination. We will welcome you," Arroyo said, referring to investors that President Marcos wooed at the WEF in Davos, Switzerland.
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"Tayong mga kapwa Filipino ipagmalaki natin ang ginagawa ng ating Pangulo para sa ganun dumami ang trabaho sa ating bansa (To us Filipinos, let up be proud of what our President is doing to generate more jobs in the country)," the former president and House Speaker added.
Arroyo was part of the Philippine's official delegation to the Davos meet, where the business elite and key world leaders gathered.
She held the Philippine presidency from 2001 to 2010.