FORMER top officials of President Fidel V. Ramos‘ government pledged to support Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s bid for the presidency.

The 23 ex-officials included 14 former Cabinet heads.

In a statement released on Thursday, they said they “believe that the country sorely needs a leader who will inspire unity, solidarity and teamwork in the government and among all Filipinos.”

The leader must also “empower our people, especially the disadvantaged and marginalized in society; and bring out the best of servant leadership in government officials and public servants by being the foremost example of integrity, dedication, professionalism, level-headedness, statesmanship, pursuit of excellence, hard work, and true caring and sharing for our fellow Filipinos,” they said.

Robredo, they added, “is the only presidential candidate who possesses the above-described qualities and who can credibly lead us Filipinos closer toward that dream.”