MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-women leadership remark "deflates" the fight for gender equality, Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday.
Duterte said Thursday that the country's highest elective post is "not for women" as he denied that his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio would seek to succeed him in 2022.
Robredo opposed Duterte's opinion, saying that countries with female leaders were among "best performing" nations during the pandemic.
"'Pag yung Pangulo nagsalita ng ganito, hindi siya nakakatulong. 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," Robredo said in her weekly radio show.
(When the President speaks like this, he doesn't help, he deflates our campaign. I also think it's his responsibility to be circumspect in what he says because he's the President, he's not an ordinary person.)
"'Yung values na pinapaniwalaan natin ay yung respeto sa kababaihan ay mataas, dapat ginagalang yung mga kababaihan. Yung part ng kababaihan sa governance ay mahalaga."
(I believe there should be high respect for women, that they play an important part in governance.)
Robredo lamented how Duterte views women. "Hindi tayo sang-ayon dun. Napakababa ng pagtingin sa mga kababaihan, kaya nga nangyayari itong mga sinasabi niya."
(We don't agree with him. He views women as inferior, that's why he gives such statements.)
"Hindi lang naman ito kay Mayor Sara o sa akin, o kung sino pang mga kilalang women leaders. Pero sa lahat ng kababaihang mga Pilipino, lahat ng Pilipina, may epekto yung mababang pagtingin ng pinuno," she added.
(This is not just for Mayor Sara or for me, or for any other known women leaders. A leader's view that women are inferior has an effect on all Filipino women.)
Duterte made the remark after his daughter topped the list of preferred presidential candidates for the 2022 elections in a recent survey. Duterte-Carpio told her father that she does not intend to run for President.
Robredo ranked 5th in the same survey that Pulse Asia conducted late last year. In November, she said she has no plans of running for president in next year's elections, saying the presidency was a position one cannot plan for.
It is too early to predict whether Duterte-Carpio will run in the next national elections, according to Prof. Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform.
“Panahon na ng eleksyon. Hindi ko ilalagay na tapos na iyang usapin... Basically, ang epekto ng ganyang klaseng balita ay nailagay siya sa sentro ng atensyon. Kaya hindi ako magugulat kung sa susunod na panahon na ito ay pabalik-balik sa media si Sara Duterte. Hindi ko pa sinasara ang usapin na posible siyang tumakbo,” Casiple said in an online media forum.
(It's election season. I don't think this discussion is over yet... Basically, the effect of this news is it puts her in the center of attention. So I won't be surprised if Sara Duterte is in the media. I don't think the discussion is closed on her possible bid.)
"Tingnan natin, mga ilang linggo pa siguro kung paano eksakto ang epekto ng paglalabas ng ganyang pangalan. Maliwanag na hindi pa puwedeng isara ang pinto dito kay Sara Duterte."
(Let's see. The effect of this may manifest in a few weeks. It's clear we can't close the doors yet on Sara Duterte.)
Casiple, meantime, said the presidency is not only for men as he cited former presidents Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“Nagkaroon na tayo ng mga babae na naging presidente at maganda naman ang record as a whole, compared sa mga lalaki. Kaya open pa sa akin ‘yung usapin na iyan eh. In fact, sa tingin ko, simula pa lang ng mga usapin na iyan kaugnay kay Sara Duterte,” he said.
(We have had women presidents who have good records as a whole, compared with men. So I'm open to this. In fact, I think it's only the beginning of discussions related to Sara Duterte.)
--With reports from Gillan Ropero and Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News