Local women leaders: VP Leni’s compassionate, selfless governance will trump
Pinunong Pinay Power, a group of more than 50 women local leaders nationwide, endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo’s candidacy for President, saying that her leadership veers away from patronage politics and moves closer to the people.
Robredo is the only female candidate in the May 9 presidential elections.
“Her compassionate governance is a departure from the traditional patronage politics. Hers is the brand of politics that puts people’s welfare front and center,” said Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro who read Pinunong Pinay Power’s statement on Wednesday, February 2, during the group’s online launch.
At the launch, the leaders shared their personal stories about Robredo and how her actions convinced them that she is indeed the President this country needs.
“Siya ‘yung lider na maaasahan at matapang magmahal, ‘yung pagmamahal na hindi iniisip ang sarili. Napaka-selfless. And this is the brand of leadership we want for our country. This is the brand of leadership of women,” said Mayor Tin Antonio of Alcala, Cagayan, as she recalled Robredo’s support in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses.
Mayor Trina Firmalo-Fabic of Odiongan, Romblon said that when a typhoon hit their municipality, Robredo texted her immediately and asked how they were doing. Fabic said that was the first time she received such treatment from a national government official.
“Nangamusta siya kung okay lang ba kami. Ngayon lang ako nakaramdam ng ganoong concern galing po sa isang national official na talagang nagche-check sa amin kung kamusta kami. Dito po sa aming bayan at sa aming probinsya, kahit maliit lang po kami, nabibigyan niya po kami ng pansin,” said Fabic.
Aside from the Office of the Vice President’s disaster response, other officials also lauded her programs on women empowerment. These are Angat Bayi, a program focusing on women’s political empowerment, and Angat Buhay, the OVP’s anti-poverty initiative.
A number of participants said they were able to avail of these programs, which empowered them to take up space and partake in governance.
“Dahil po dito our leaders became more effective, more efficient, and ethical in the delivery of the services to the different sectors of our society,” said Mayor Vivian Alvarez of Oras, Eastern Samar.
For Robredo, gender should not be the basis of one’s capacity to lead, rather, what she has done in service of the people. This was echoed by the women leaders who are also fighting against discrimination in politics.
“Labanan natin ang paniniwala na babae siya, [na] babae lang siya kaya hindi niya kayang mamuno,” said Councilor Marjorie Martin-Chan of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
In a recorded message, Dinagat Gov. Kaka Bag-ao also shared her support for the presidential candidate. She said the country needs a leader who knows the struggles of the poor, knows their names, and listens to their stories.
For Bag-ao and many women across the country, it’s crystal clear: “Isang lider lang po ang papasok sa isip natin, walang iba kung hindi si Leni Robredo.” [End]