Robredo: A good leader accepts constructive criticism

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2017 06:30 PM

Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo gives a press coference on her resignation as one of the Cabinet member of President Rodrigo R. Duterte as the head of HUDCC Monday December 05, 2016, at her Office in 10th Street New Manila Quezon City. Allan Gomez, NPPA Images

BUSTOS, BULACAN – Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday talked about the values of democracy, a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte once again raised the possibility of declaring martial law.

"Dala ang inspirasyon mula sa pagsasakripisyo ng ating mga bayani, magawa sana nating tugunan ang tawag at hamon ng kasalukuyang panahon. Alin sa mga aral ng nakaraan ang ating paghuhugutan ng lakas? Anong mga ugali at pagpapahalaga ang ating ipamamana?" said Robredo during the centennial celebration of the establishment of Bustos town in Bulacan province on Monday.

The vice president said, democracy is one of the legacies that today's people can pass on to the next generation. She urged the public to ensure that proper guidance is given to the youth.

"Lagi nating tatandaan: hindi nakasalalay sa kamay ng iilang opisina o ahensiya ang tunay na pagbabago. Dumadaloy ito sa bawat Pilipino na handang mag-ambag ng kanyang talino, oras, at kakayahan upang mapaginhawa ang buhay ng kapuwang nangangailangan. Ang pagbabago ay manggagaling sayo. Sa kanya, at sa kanya. Ang tunay na pagbabago ay manggagaling sa magandang pag-asa at saloobin ng bawat isa sa atin," said Robredo.

Robredo, however, did not take a swipe against any particular person or group. She instead highlighted the traits of a good leader.

"Ang tunay na naghahangad ng mabuti sa bayan, ay bukas sa konstruktibong kritisismo at pakikipag-ugnayan. Sa halip na palalimin ang ating pagkakaiba-iba, magsilbi tayong tulay ng epektibong pakikipagtalastasan," she said.
    
After the event, Robredo politely declined media interviews. Her staff said the vice-president had to rush to another event.

The Bulacan event also marked the celebration of 'Minasa Festival' which is now on its seventh year. The event was attended by local government officials and government workers from the municipality. Robredo was the guest of honor.