Ramon S. Ang, president and CEO of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), has become vocal in showing his support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs in the Philippines. His statement comes despite that some human right groups blame the Duterte administration for the reported extrajudicial killings in the country.
“Mark my word: This country will fly. This country will be a better place for our children and grandchildren because the drug problem will be eliminated under Duterte,” Ang was quoted as saying in article at Inquirer by Ramon Tulfo this Saturday, October 1, noting that he believes that the country’s economy will grow under the Duterte administration.
“If the President solves the problems of drug, criminality and corruption, he will become the best president the Philippines has ever had.” The business tycoon added, with SMC’s Petron Corp being the largest oil refining company in the Philippines to build more power plants, cement factories, and other major investments in the country, especially in Mindanao.
Incidentally, this is not the first time that Ramon Ang has expressed confidence on President Duterte. In a rare interview with some reporters just a few days after the May 2016 elections, the SMC President and CEO said that he is not worried if the then-presumptive president Duterte will appoint cabinet members from the leftists groups.
Ramon Ang emphasized that every Filipino has the right to serve the country, and that he believes that only foreign investors are the ones worried every time there is a new administration. He also said that he agrees with Duterte’s proposal to impose liquor ban in the entire country, and that it will not really affect beer consumption in the country.
Interestingly, there are also a few times that President Duterte and Ramon Ang are spotted together in the same event. Probably the most noted instance was last September 16, when both gentlemen were among the principal sponsors of the Waldo and Regine Carpio. That time, Duterte and Ramon Ang sat beside each other inside the church.