With due respect, Mr. President, I do not believe it is in the country's national interest to tell US businessmen, or any foreign businessmen doing legitimate business here: “Go ahead. Pack your bags. We will sacrifice. We will recover, I assure you. We will live and survive. We have gone through the worst of times in this planet,” the President said in a press briefing at the NAIA Terminal 2 shortly before his departure.
There is no doubt that we would survive without them but we aim not only for survival but at dramatic economic growth which we cannot achieve without US and other foreign investments. I am sure the Department of Trade and Industry, the Board of Investments, the Department of Finance and the NEDA are now working together to moderate and positivize this statement.