By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Vice President Leni Robredo urged fresh graduates to strive for “real change” grounded on values such as respect for life, liberty, law, and compassion for the poor.
“Every one of us wants change… but if we want genuine change in this country, we have to fight poverty that causes crime, the poverty that causes hunger, corruption, and injustice,” said Robredo when she attended the 69th Commencement Exercises of the Republic Colleges of Guinobatan, Inc. as a commencement speaker last Friday.
Robredo said, real change happens when people stay true to their values. She also underscored the need for genuine change that highlights “respect for life and liberty, respect for the law and the rights enshrined by it, love of God, family, and community and compassion and empathy for the poor and powerless.”
Robredo congratulated all the graduates for their hard work and urged them to use their education to fight poverty. “Your education, matched with your determination to reject mediocrity and aim for excellence at every turn, will help you fight personal poverty,” she said.
Robredo reminded the graduates that they have “the potential to change our country for the better.” Graduates, she said, have at their “disposal a wealth of innovation and technology, which you can harness for the greater good and the benefit of your skills, talent, and education.”