to: Ms. Dale Zapata
VP NOLI: WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THE
FILIPINO PEOPLE’S ASSESSMENT
OF MY JOB
I believe you cannot make an objective and credible assessment of a situation based on a few
I was elected
by the Filipino people and they have given me the mandate to lead. They
have already made a judgment
of my competence and capability when they chose to vote for me as their Vice
President. What I would give
importance to is the Filipino people’s assessment of my capability to lead our
country and they have again
spoken in the recent Social Weather Station Survey.
(In a recent SWS survey, 74% of the respondents are confident that Vice President De Castro
is capable of governing the
country and has the highest satisfaction rating among top government officials
with 60% of Filipinos
satisfied with his performance.)
As Vice President, I know my job. Right now, I am focusing on managing the housing sector,
an area that is critical to
our economy. I have also been assigned to prepare the groundwork for the
construction of Northrail
Transit which will boost the economy in Luzon. There is no day that I don’t hold
dialogues with the squatters
for their relocation arising from the construction of the railway.
job of managing foreign affairs is the exclusive prerogative of the President, I
do participate in crafting
that policy through my
membership in the Cabinet and in the National Security Council. In those discussions, I stress
that any policy should
consider the interest of the poorer sections of our people.
I adhere to
the foreign policy of the President that is based on our national interest and
also the interest of our
hundreds of thousands of Filipino overseas workers.
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