Naga better than Davao? I wasn't comparing, Robredo says
MANILA, Philippines – While she is no fan of tough-talking Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's leadership style, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo on Monday, November 30, clarified reports she was comparing Davao with her hometown, Naga City.
In a forum held at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, the Liberal Party's vice presidential bet was asked if she considered her brand of leadership better than Duterte's, whose iron-fisted style of governance has won praise for instilling discipline in the city, but has also drawn criticism for alleged human rights violations.
Robredo clarified she was not comparing the two cities when asked the question in an interview with The Philippine Star last week.
"I want to set the record straight. When that interview was conducted, the question was, 'Am I in favor of an iron-clad, Duterte-style leadership?' And my answer was no, because in Naga, our style of governance is inclusive and participatory, and we have achieved a lot through that style," she said.
Robredo added that she never compared the two cities, but was only referring to the different kinds of leadership espoused by the two.
"I was not comparing Naga with anyone else. Iba-iba ang approaches ng style of leadership. Hindi natin pinupuna 'yung ibang klaseng istilo kasi kanya-kanya naman 'yun," she said.
(We have different styles of leadership. I was not criticizing another style because we each have our own.)
The neophyte legislator, widow of the late Naga mayor and interior secretary Jesse Robredo, has consistently said in previous interviews she wanted to emulate Naga's example and push a participatory, citizen-driven style of governance around the country.
In the grassroots style of governance she espouses, Robredo said critical citizens can be transformed into collaborators and partners with local leaders.
"Lahat ng tao binibigyan ng upuan sa la mesa, lahat ng boses pinapakinggan. Lahat ng tao, inaaya na lumahok sa pamumuno," she said.
(Everyone is given a seat at the table, all voices are heard. Everyone is invited to participate in governance.) – Rappler.com
Who won in the 2016 Philippine elections?
Check out the 2016 official election results through the link below:
- 2016 official election results for Presidential, Vice Presidential, Senatorial, and Party list elections
Check out the 2016 unofficial election results for the national and local races through the links below
- 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections
- 2016 Philippine Vice Presidential Elections
- 2016 Philippine Senatorial Elections
- 2016 Philippine Congressional Elections
- 2016 Party List Elections
- 2016 Philippine Local Elections
In these changing times, courage and clarity become even more important.
Take discussions to the next level with Rappler PLUS — your platform for deeper insights, closer collaboration, and meaningful action.
Sign up today and access exclusive content, events, and workshops curated especially for those who crave clarity and collaboration in an intelligent, action-oriented community.
As an added bonus, we’re also giving a free 1-year Booky Prime membership for the next 200 subscribers.
You can also support Rappler without a PLUS membership. Help us stay free and independent by making a donation: https://www.rappler.com/crowdfunding. Every contribution counts.