- Vice President Leni Robredo was asked to react on Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte topping the presidentiables survey
- She said it’s important to understand why Filipinos are attracted to this kind of leadership
- Robredo added that the government must be sensitive to the messages behind the survey results
Vice President Leni Robredo remarked that instead of dismissing poll results as false, it should be studied to understand what the Filipinos are looking for in terms of leadership.
Robredo was asked to react to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte topping survey list of presidentiables for the 2022 elections on GMA’s “The Mangahas Interviews.”
According to Robredo, we should try to uncover why Filipinos are attracted to the kind of leadership offered by the Dutertes. She added that a study on the preference of Filipinos on direction must be looked into.
“Ako para sa akin, kailangan natin ‘yun seryosong pag-aralan. Bakit ba ‘yung karamihan sa mga Pilipino, attracted sa ganitong pamumuno? Kailangan natin ‘yun harapin,” she said.
In December 2020, a Pulse Asia national survey showed that 26 percent of adult Filipinos would support Sara’s presidential bid. The mayor and even her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, have been consistent in saying that Sara isn’t interested in seeking a national seat.
The Vice President clarified that the survey results should not be dismissed as false. Instead, it should be studied in a context on what a Filipino looks for in a leader.
“Kasi kailangan natin tanggapin bakit ‘yung preference ng tao sa ganitong klaseng leadership. Bakit kaya ganon ‘yung naging preference kasi makakatulong ‘yun,” Robredo said.
“Makakatulong sa pagbigay natin ng ibang klaseng leadership na natutugunan pa rin ‘yung kanilang mga saloobin,” she added.
The vice president said the government should also be sensitive and not “take for granted” the public’s shift in preference.
“Parang pa minsan there are many days na gigising ka parang iisipin mo parang ibang iba na ‘yung Pilipino, ibang iba na ‘yung pilipinas. Pero kailangan natin tanungin yung sarili natin bakit,” Robredo said.
In the end, the Vice President stressed how important it is to understand the messages behind the survey results to be able to understand what the needs of the Filipino public are.
“So sa akin I think maraming mensahe. Marami ‘yung malalim na mensahe kung bakit ganon at kailangan harapin natin ‘yun. kasi kung hindi natin yun haharapin, hindi natin masosolusyonan ‘yung ating mga problema bilang isang bansa,” she added.
Watch the rest of the interview via GMA’s Youtube channel: