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Campaigning for top BSP post uncalled for — exec

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) deputy governor for monetary stability sector Diwa Guinigundo  said the highest post at the central bank is apolitical one and  thus campaigning for it is uncalled for.
Guinigundo said getting the position means “serving at a higher level of leadership.”
“Yes, I will accept the post of BSP governorship if offered to me. I have been a public servant for nearly 40 years and it would be a distinct honor to further serve at a higher level of leadership,” the official said.  
However, he disagreed aspirants must lobby or campaign so the appointing authority, President Rodrigo Duterte, will notice them.
“I don’t think the governorship of the central bank is a political position that one would have to campaign to be considered.
It should be enough to get your qualifications known to the appointing official of the land to give him a solid basis for his important decision.
It would help the president of the republic for people of influence in various segments of society to provide objective testimony of the candidates’ competence, experience and vision,” he said.
He salutes all the candidates for the post, adding they “have good values to offer.”
The other candidates are Nestor Espenilla, deputy governor for supervision and examination sector; and Antonio Moncupa Jr., vice chairman of EastWest Bank.
“Competence is required especially in assessing the various moving parts in both the global and domestic economies because their dynamics and interlinkages have changed since the global financial crisis.
We have been doing macroeconomic surveillance all these years and this has helped us put into the right context our monetary and financial policies.
We realize that rapid growth can only be meaningful and socially relevant if the fruits can be shared by everyone.
We have been pursuing various policies to achieve more inclusive growth by ensuring that prices are stable, that the public’s deposits with the banks are safe and their economic activities can be funded appropriately and that economic transactions can be settled efficiently,” he said.
When asked what can Filipinos expect from him in case he bags the post, the official said, “Our dear countrymen can expect an uninterrupted delivery of price stability, financial stability and efficiency in payments and settlement system.”                

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