Duterte praises Lance Gokongwei: Bright na, ma-diskarte pa!
President Rodrigo Duterte used the launch of Cebu Pacific’s Cagayan de Oro hub to heap praises on its chief executive, Lance Gokongwei.
In his speech, Duterte said a smart leader like Gokongwei is needed to move the country forward.
“You need about 10 to 15 years to build really a country, to realize it. But only kung may mga utak ka pareho kay Lance,” he said.
Duterte wanted Gokongwei to become Finance Secretary but the tycoon declined.
The President said Gokongwei is not only bright academically, but he also possesses the knack for running a successful business.
“They have a knack of, you know, looking for money. They understand the whole gamut of how men are gainfully employed and how to run a business little by little,” he said.
In jest, Duterte joked that he had to ad lib during the event because Gokongwei is worth more than two pages of prepared speech.
“Alam mo, kaibigan ko si Lance. I value his friendship. Kaya kung ito lang dalawang pages o. Mai-insulto ‘yung tao. ‘We waited for you for several hours,’” he said.
Duterte credited the Gokongweis for growing Cebu Pacific into a small airline into a powerhouse player in the aviation industry.
“Question of management ‘yan eh — and of course, talent and enterprise, which the family Gokongwei has,” he said.