9 November 2016
Yesterday, our concerns were significant – the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda, the survivors and their challenges on permanent housing, and the Supreme Court decision on the burial of former President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
When President Duterte made inappropriate remarks, I deliberately chose to ignore these. There are larger and more urgent issues we confront as a nation that demand our collective attention.
But many were bothered and offended by it. As we all rightly should. Tasteless remarks and inappropriate advances against women should have no place in our society. We should expect that most of all from our leaders.
I have spent many years as an alternative lawyer fighting for the rights of women, myself included. That commitment will never waver.
This episode only strengthens my resolve to fulfill my mandate as the duly elected VP, who is determined to help alleviate poverty through building homes and communities. My mission of building partnerships to uplift the lives of the Filipino family will continue with renewed vigor.