FORMER Cabinet members and military officers who served under the late President Benigno S.C. Aquino III on Tuesday endorsed Vice-President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo’s presidential run. 

In an e-mailed statement, the officials said Ms. Robredo, who heads the Liberal Party, has a solid track record of serving the public. 

“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 said. 

Among those who signed the endorsement were former Aquino spokesman Edwin S. Lacierda, his budget chief Florencio B. Abad, ex-Foreign Affairs Secretaries Albert F. del Rosario and Delia D. Albert, and Senator Leila M. de Lima, who was his Justice secretary. 

Also signing the document were former Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Hernando A. Iribberi. 

“We believe that in the May 2022 elections, the Filipino people will make a choice that will shape our future and that of future generations,” they said. 

They cited the need for “leadership that ensures the safety and well-being of all its citizens while respecting human rights and the rule of law.” — Norman P. Aquino