Palace: Filipinos must be optimistic on change of leadership

FILIPINOS must maintain an optimistic mindset as the country transitions from one administration to another after the conduct of presidential election this month, a Palace official said Saturday.

Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. was responding to concern that economic momentum might be lost as the Aquino administration hands over the leadership to the incoming administration.

He said that in the last six years, the Aquino government has worked hard to maintain investors' confidence for the Philippines.

"Kaya nga sa nakaraang anim na taon ay masigasig nating itinatag ang matibay na pundasyon, matibay na imprastraktura sa pamamagitan ng good governance o sa mabuting pamamahala," Coloma told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

"Paulit-ulit ngang pinupunto ni Pangulong Aquino: Good governance translates to good economics. At panatag naman tayo na ang pundasyon na inilatag ay matibay, hindi ito mabubuway dahil lang sa hangin."

Staying positive will be good for the country, he said.

"Mahalaga dito ay ang pagkakaroon ng positibong mindset. Hindi na dapat tayo mag-inject pa ng mga negatibong ideya sa ngayong panahon," said Coloma.

"Mas importante ang pagiging positibo, ang pagiging optimistiko, at ang pagkakaroon ng matatag na paniniwala natin sa ating sarili na tayo ay mabubuting tao at kaya natin lumikha ng maaliwalas na kinabukasan para sa ating bansa."

On the plan of presumptive president Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to retain some Cabinet members from the Aquino government, Coloma said it is up to the newly elected president to decide.

"Duterte must be given a free hand in choosing the composition of his Cabinet for him to get the best and the brightest," Coloma said.

"At sa aking personal na opinyon, makakatulong din ‘yung mayroong karanasan sa nakaraang administrasyon kumbaga ay mababawasan ang learning curve, ‘yung paghahanda, ‘yung pagiging maalam dahil meron ng nakaraang karanasan na pagbabatayan," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)
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