Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s sexist remarks about women being unfit to be President, saying that it undermines the campaign for gender equality.
She pointed out that countries where women led—such as New Zealand (Prime Minister Jacinda Arden) and Taiwan (President Tsai Ing-Wen)—were evidently more able and successful in responding to the global pandemic.
“’Pag yung Pangulo nagsalita ng ganito, hindi siya nakakatulong,” Robredo said in her weekly radio show. “Nade-deflate niya yung kampanya, na ang tingin ko dapat responsibility niya rin na maging circumspect sa mga sinasabi niya kasi Pangulo siya, hindi siya ordinaryong tao.”
“Yung values na pinaniniwalaan natin ay yung respeto sa kababaihan ay mataas, dapat ginagalang yung mga kababaihan,” she continued. “Yung part ng kababaihan sa governance ay mahalaga.”
“Hindi lang naman ito kay Mayor Sara o sa akin, o kung sino pang mga kilalang women leaders,” she said. “Pero sa lahat ng kababaihang mga Pilipino, lahat ng Pilipina, may epekto ang mababang pangtingin ng pinuno.”
Duterte said last Thursday that the highest seat in the land—the presidency—was not for women, denying that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, would succeed him in 2022.
“My daughter inuudyok naman nila. Sabi ko my daughter is not running,” Duterte said. “I have told Inday not to run kasi naawa ako sa dadaanan niya na dinaanan ko.”
“Alam mo, the emotional set-up of a woman and a man is totally different,” he added. “Magiging gago ka dito. That is the sad story.”
This statement followed after Duterte-Carpio topped the list of preferred presidential prospects in a recent Pulse Asia survey.
Duterte-Carpio also spoke on the matter: “He also said he did not want me to run but nothing about gender was discussed.”
Despite this, the Davao City mayor has shown political clout in several past instances. In 2019, most of the politicians she backed won the senatorial race, while she also participated in the ouster of House Speakers Pantaleon Alvarez and Alan Peter Cayetano.
Photo: Philippine Canadian Inquirer