Research favors VP Leni Robredo on this aspect

Vice President Leni Robredo is more “market-friendly” than former Senator Bongbong Marcos to be a president, Japan-based Nomura Global Research said.

In the 2022 elections, it is not the first time that Robredo and Marcos will be fighting for the same position. Back in 2016, they were among the vice-presidential aspirants and the position was won by Robredo.

Leni Robredo
Photo lifted from The Straits Times

This year, the two politicians are also among the presidential aspirants who are on the top of surveys. Several surveys stated that Marcos is leading. Reportedly, in the December 6 to 11 Pulse Asia survey, it was stated that Marcos got 53 percent while Robredo got 20 percent.

However, Nomura released a research result stating that the Vice President is more “market-friendly” compared to her top rival in the same position, based on the report from The Philippine Star.

Nomura, in its “Philippines: No holiday cheer” article cited the strategic roadmap of the Vice President that focuses on health and education is supporting this statement.

The Japan-based think tank said that VP Leni Robredo is more qualified to lead the country in its rise against the pandemic and if Bongbong Marcos will win, there is a possibility that this will arise doubt in the result of the election.

Bongbong Marcos
Photo: Journal Online

Marcos Jr., in our view, will likely be regarded as less market-friendly than Robredo, particularly when it comes to experience at the national level and in articulating a strategy for the country to recover from the pandemic,” Nomura Global Research said.

The think tank also said that the disqualification cases against Bongbong Marcos and the issue on his income tax returns will be the factors why his victory will be likely viewed negatively.

Nomura also said that Marcos is less market-friendly “when it comes to experience at the national level and in articulating a strategy for the country to recover from the pandemic.”

The think tank based in Japan also scored the presidential and vice-presidential aspirants based on these categories: “Continuity/good governance, Infrastructure progress, Fiscal discipline, National experience, and Business friendliness.”

Here is an illustration of the scoring that Nomura did.

leni robredo bongbong marcos sc
📷: Philstar

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