Bilyonaryo Sabin Aboitiz, CEO of the Aboitiz Group and lead convenor of the Private Sector Advisory Council, pitched the Philippines as the “next best thing in Asia” with its economy slowly getting back on track and with the leadership of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.
At the New York Stock Exchange Forum, Aboitiz assured American investors of the strength of the Philippine economy as well as the Marcos administration’s commitment to strengthen bilateral relations with the US.
“We are here to underscore his efforts to assure you of the integrity, stability, and solidarity of his administration and of the Philippine economic system… and to unlock the massive economic potential our country has to offer, with the help of good friends like you,” he said.
Aboitiz likewise flexed Marcos’ ability to make things happen.
“I’ve seen many presidents in my lifetime and they all have their strengths. The one we have today has quite cleverly gotten 30 of our country’s busiest CEOs to voluntarily work for him and for our country… I have witnessed the ability of this man to bring together the best minds in business, use them to find real solutions to real problems, and then immediately implement them like he was flipping a switch,” Aboitiz said.
“This is why we work for him. Because he listens to reason and gets things done. Because he has the humility to seek the help of those who know more, in order to provide help to those who need more. This is the kind of decisive, action-oriented leadership we have in our country today,” he noted.
Aboitiz said that with COVID nearing the end of its pandemic phase, he expects the Philippine economy to fully recover and quickly get back up to speed
Apart from Aboitiz, the other business executives who accompanied Marcos on his visit to the US are International Container Terminal Services Inc. chairman and president Enrique Razon, Metro Pacific Corp. chairman and president Manuel V. Pangilinan, San Miguel Corp. chairman and president Ramon Ang, Ayala Corp. chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, SM Prime Holdings director Hans Sy, JG Summit Holdings president and CEO Lance Gokongwei and Magsaysay Group president and CEO Doris Ho.