By: Elena Grace Flores
‘You won’t listen to a female president, you will just stare at her,’ says President Duterte. Duterte said this while in the military camp in Zamboanga just to neutralize the stiffness in the environment. Although he did not mean to offend the Vice President, some women’s rights group were not happy with his words.
Those were his views just in case Robredo will replace Duterte when he is unable to complete his term or if she happens to run in 2012 as President.
Many of his supporters however knew that this is the nature of the president being a self-confessed admirer of women who boasted about his multiple girlfriends.
Speaking in mix Bisaya, English, and Tagalog in the military camp in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – he described his V.P. as
“lady-like and kind,”.
While his comment amused some, it insulted others who thought the joke was demeaning to women.
But after his joke, Duterte said he did not mean to offend anyone.
“I’m sorry Leni, I hope, do not be offended, I am just shooting the breeze with these guys,” he had said.
After a rocky start to their working relationship right after the elections, Duterte and Robredo appear to be on each other’s good side. Robredo is now part of Duterte’s Cabinet as his housing czar.
But Robredo has not agreed with all of Duterte’s policies. She expressed concern over the rise in extrajudicial killings which is seen as a consequence of his administration’s war on drugs.
She also opposes the planned burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.