VP Leni Robredo (left) and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte
By Junex Doronio
MANILA — Although the President’s statement that the presidency is not fit for women and may have ruffled the feathers of some so-called female alphas but presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and opposition leader Vice President Leni Robredo gave different reactions.
“That is his opinion. And it is up to the people if they will respect or react violently (to it),” Duterte-Carpio quipped at her City Disaster Radio program a day after her father made the controversial remarks.
Despite being met with cynicism, Duterte-Carpio still maintained that she is not running for President next year and will not imitate her father’s “last minute” change of mind.
On the other hand, Robredo cited women-led nations as “best performing” ones during the novel coronavirus crisis.
She gave as examples New Zealand under Jacinda Ardern and Germany under Angela Merkel.
Sources, however, said Robredo is contemplating not to pursue her presidential bid, citing “inadequate war chest.”
Last Thursday, President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte bared that his eldest daughter won’t run in the presidential elections 16 months from now.
“This is not for a woman,” the feisty Chief Executive said of the presidency. “You know, the emotional setup of a woman and a man is totally different. It will drive you nuts. This is the sad story.”
It can be noted that there were several military uprisings during the term of President Corazon Aquino and a number of coup attempts under then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Both women leaders survived those military attempts to wrest power from them and prettily finished their respective terms.
Ironically, in June 2020’s Asean Leaders’ Special Session on Women’s Empowerment in the Digital Age, Duterte affirmed the Philippines’ commitment to gender equality.
He acknowledged the challenges to women empowerment, including “structures and practices in society that perpetuate the discrimination against and oppression of women.” (AI/MTVN)