By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Women will get much better opportunities to hold key posts
in government, as gender equality will be one of the highlights of a
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson stressed this Thursday as he noted women have
excelled as leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and New
Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
“Napakaraming magagaling na women leaders hindi lang sa ating bansa
kundi sa buong mundo rin (There are so many great women leaders not
just here but around the world),” he said in an interview on One News.
Lacson also cited studies indicating that all over the world,
including the Philippines, men may be more prone to corruption than
He also maintained that the key qualifications would still be
performance, competence and integrity, regardless of gender.
“Sa akin ang laging tinitingnan ko ang competence, especially
integrity kasi napakaimportante (As far as I’m concerned, I put a
premium on competence, especially integrity),” he said.
Lacson, who filed his Certificate of Candidacy for President on
Wednesday, said the next leader will have to correct the systemic
problems in many government agencies and financial institutions.
He cited as examples the practices in PhilHealth, Government Service
Insurance System and Social Security System, where members’
contributions are used as income to pay for items like representation
“It’s unfair to the members to treat their contributions as income ng
GFIs. Yan isa lang ito na nakita natin na pwedeng baguhin in terms of
the management of these institutions (That is one thing we have to
change in terms of the management of these institutions),” he said. (ai/mtvn)