Ex-US President Bill Clinton urges Pinoys to convince their countrymen abroad to return home

During a highly attended speech at Manila Hotel, Former US president Bill Clinton expressed hope for the country's future and encouraged Filipinos to convince their fellowmen abroad to come home, reports GMANews.TV.  The ex-president addressed a crowd of business executives, diplomats, local politicians, and showbiz personalities on Wednesday.

"Create a climate where everybody [participates]," Clinton said. "Get more people to come home."

The former president referred to the 8.5 million-11 million overseas Filipino workers and cited the need to "reorient the mindset of its people through education and access to employment that can keep the population from migrating to other places in search of better paying jobs," GMANews reported.

Still, the former US president remains hopeful and said that Filipinos should not worry because the country has not yet reached its full potential.

"Clinton said he sees the Philippines finally reaching its potential if only there was a relentless focus on the future, and if there was a capacity to abandon grievances the way Rwanda in Africa had done despite its harrowing past," ABS-CBNNews reported.

The former president also  praised the current administration and said "President Aquino possesses the qualities of a good leader," according to the ABS-CBN report. Clinton also acknowledged the achievements of the country's former political leaders, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo and former President Fidel Ramos, who were also in attendance.

For more on this story log on to ABS-CBNNews.com, and GMANews.TV.

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