Friday, January 15, 2010

Villar to next president: Work hard from Day 1

January 15, 2010, 4:46pm

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Nacionalista President and standard bearer Senator Manny Villar Friday reiterated that the next president should possess strong leadership and management skills to make the country globally competitive.

At the same time, he maintained that the next president who will be elected on May 10 will have to work hard from day one he assumed office and must succeed in the first year of his assumption in view of the tremendous problems facing the nation.

Failure, he said, to succeed in addressing the pressing issues in the first year in the office will not be a good signal for the nation’s future.

“The country's next president should act as chief executive from day one and that there is no room for an on-the-job training while performing the duties of the highest office of the land, Villar said.

“The country is already facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. The budget deficit is increasing and the number of Filipinos going hungry is now in a historic high. The next president should be president from day one,” Villar said .

“The successor to the presidency would be inheriting a rather big fiscal headache. He should know what to do the very minute he sits in office,” he said.

Villar added, "our country is in a mess right now. The next president can't start his tenure by getting tutorials on how to run the government. We can't have a presidency on training wheels,” he said.

He said that just for the first 10 months of last year, the budget deficit had already breached P266.1 billion from P238 billion the month before, surpassing the target for the whole year, which is at P250 billion.

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