- Filipinos should thank incumbent President Benigno Aquino III, says Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara
- According to the senator, PNoy improves the Philippines' economic status
- Angara hopes that the incoming Duterte administration would maintain the economic achievement made by Aquino administration
According to Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, outgoing President Benigno Aquino III should be thanked by the Filipino people for significantly improving the country’s economy during his six-year term.
Angara also credited Aquino for being a good role model for other public servants, his concern for the Filipinos suffering poverty, making progress on social services and education, and improving the image of the country.
“We thank PNoy for leading our country the past six years—for serving as an example of integrity for those who serve and will serve in government, for caring for the poor, increasing government spending on social services such as education and PhilHealth, for restoring investor confidence in the Philippines, and for leaving a stronger economy and nation upon which your successor may build upon,” the senator said in a statement.
This assessment from Angara comes a day before Aquino steps out of the presidential office and the new president – Rodrigo Duterte – steps in.
Angara added that he is hoping for the Duterte administration to sustain the economic improvement the Aquino administration has started.
“Now, the task at hand is to ensure that the momentum for reform that started with the outgoing administration continues with the next,” Angara explained.
The senator believes that sustaining the progress can only be done if the whole Filipino nation unites and collaborates for the good of the country.
“We should band together despite our differences, and build on and expand from what we, as a nation, have already achieved,” he said.
Angara has said earlier that he plans to re-file his income tax reform proposal which was rejected by the Aquino administration due to its concern for meeting government revenue targets.
However, the senator said that he is pleased to hear about the openness of Duterte’s economic managers in reviewing his proposal to lower the income tax for workers in order to increase their take-home pay.