1Sambayan on choosing Robredo: Filipinos need a woman's heart over a man's bravado

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — The Philippines needs a woman's heart instead of a man's bravado to lead amid a pandemic, a convenor of opposition coalition 1Sambayan said Friday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, former Education secretary and 1Sambayan convenor Bro. Armin Luistro said majority of the members and partners who vouched for Vice President Leni Robredo as their presidential bet did not just consider her "winnability" in the 2022 polls.

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"I got this from the political analysts, ang tawag nga doon 'girian ng manok.' People want to see kung ito bang pambato namin seryoso," Luistro explained.

[Translation: They call it cockfighting. People want to see if their bets are really serious.]

Asked what is Robredo's strongest trait as a potential contender, Luistro said: "She has shown in the last five years of a very difficult vice presidency that even with the least resources, with attacks from the government itself, both officials and trolls, that it is possible to continue steadfastly to serve the people."

"That's what we need. In the time of COVID-19, hindi tayo pwedeng yung galing sa bibig, hindi pwedeng 'pag may kaunting batikos, manghihina."

[Translation: In the time of COVID-19, we can't just accept those who only do lip service. We can't accept those who will budge even with the slightest criticisms.]

"In this case, I believe her word: the last man standing is a woman. In COVID-19, you need a woman's heart more than just a man's bravado," he said.

Robredo on Thursday thanked 1Sambayan for the presidential nomination, and for the support thrown her way. But she has yet to say whether she was accepting the endorsement.

Luistro said if Robredo does not run, the three-million strong coalition can still endorse another presidential aspirant in their list, as Manila Mayor Isko Moreno previously got the second highest number of votes, followed by Senators Manny Pacquiao and Ping Lacson.

But he expressed doubt that Robredo will back down.

"I have worked with a lot of women. I have heard of gentlemen come up with their promises and a lot of them are politicians, it's easy for them to just give up. I have not seen that in the personality of the Vice President."

The filing of COC for elective national and elective posts will run until Oct. 8. Substitution of candidates is allowed until Nov. 15.