By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday reminded public officials that decency and giving respect to others must come with their duties in holding public office.
“Hindi ko ine-encourage iyong salita na hindi maganda. Kasi kaming public officials, dapat kami iyong halimbawa ng decency, kami iyong halimbawa ng pagbibigay ng respeto,” she said in a media interview in Sumilao, Bukidnon.
(I don’t encourage foul words. Because as public officials, we should set the example of decency and showing respect to others.)
Her reminder came after President Rodrigo Duterte again verbally attacked the other day the opposition senatorial candidates during the campaign rally of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan party in Isabela.
On the sidelines of the turnover of dormitory for Sumilao National High School, reporters asked the Vice President about Duterte’s latest remarks against the Otso Diretso senatorial slate.
Robredo, the Liberal Party chair who has been campaigning for the eight opposition bets, shrugged off Duterte’s tirade, saying that Otso Diretso candidates can defend themselves.
“Iyong mga kandidato namin have minds of their own. Hindi iyon tatago sa aking saya (Our candidates have minds of their own. They will not hide under my skirt),” she told reporters.
“Iyong mga kandidato naman namin, kaya namang depensahan iyong sarili nila (Our candidates, they can defend themselves),” Robredo stressed.
The Vice President emphasized the importance of decency and giving respect to others for anyone who holds public office.
“Hindi rin siguro maganda kung halimbawa, ako, makipagpatulan ako.. So iyong sa akin lang, okay lang na sinasagot iyong mga issues, pero sa isang paraan na iyong respeto nandiyan pa rin, hindi personalan,” she said.
(It won’t be good, for example, I would pick a fight with them. So for me, it is okay to respond to the issues, but in a way there is still respect and it’s not taken personally.)
Apart from the dormitory, the Vice President was in Sumilao for the distribution of carabaos, farm inputs and tools to support vegetable farmers from 10 barangays in the municipality.
Sumilao is one of the 176 areas covered by her flagship anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay.
Angat Buhay partner Rotary Club of Makati constructed the P1.2-million dormitory while the assistance for the farmers came from Robredo’s office, under its locally funded projects worth P1.9 million.
In her speech, Robredo said that Sumilao has always been “close to her heart” even before she entered politics.
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