Leni Robredo proved in Sunday’s #HarapanBise debate that she cannot MAN UP for the job


Watching Leni Robredo in last night’s vice presidential debate deliver her closing statements voice quivering and on the verge of tears, I thought: Ok, if Chinese troops started parachuting onto Manila while Leni Robredo was VP, what’s she gonna do? Cry and talk about her mommy issues?

But that is exactly what she’s framed her entire pitch to Filipino voters on — how she set aside her mommy duties and “sacrificed” the wellbeing of her family to “serve” as Vice President. Those trite expressions of “sacrifice” mixed with crocodile tears, dramatic pauses, and sob stories about family ties have become standard fare in Philippine politics since the Queen of “Sacrifice” ascended the presidency in 1986 thirty years ago. Filipino leaders are no longer voted into office on the back of their strength. They are chosen because of their weakness.

It is ironic that Robredo’s supporters now play the feminist card. The slogan “May the best woman win” now characterises her campaign. Robredo is, of course, the only woman in the VP race. Her supporters have foolishly made this her key selling point. Unfortunately, these armchair feminists have lost sight of the reality of what it means to be a woman trying to make it in a man’s world. For a woman to make it in a man’s world, they have to slug it out like men.

Robredo stood out amongst the VP candidates because, well, she was a woman acting like a woman. She was a stark contrast to the steely politics-hardened men she presumed to be “debating” with last night in that circus hosted by ABS-CBN dubbed with the hashtag #HarapanBise (literally “vice face-off”). On national TV and on Twitter where the hashtag “trended worldwide”, Robredo attempted to push the same old buttons that worked wonders on the electorate back in 1986, and again in 2010 — a sorry spectacle that stood in stark contrast to her more manly rivals for the VP seat who kept things to the point, short and sweet, and relevant to the real challenges the Philippine state faces over the next six years.

There is, we need to remind Robredo, an army that needs to be motivated to fight two fronts — the chinks digging themselves into the nation’s West Philippine Sea territories and Islamic and communist terrorists carving out turf in the hinterlands. Robredo needs to be reminded that there are deals to be made with Northeast Asian taipans who, again as reality makes a bitch about, would rather clink whisky glasses with penis-equipped business partners in black suits. And if her running mate Mar Roxas is to be made an example of, she also needs to be able to ride a motorbike into the eye of a storm to usher hapless soon-to-be calamity victims into the basement to hunker down for the night.

I’m not saying that women cannot do all of those things. The thing is, dyed-in-the-wool feminists themselves talk incessantly about a need for girls to grow balls bigger than mens’ to make good on their efforts to champion The Movement. Funny, isn’t it? Women’s rights “activists” themselves point out that women need to be anatomically like men to win against them. Robredo, took the other path in last night’s “debate”, however. She made her being a mother her main argument as to why she ought to be the vice president of the Philippines.

Who then is the real sexist here?

Suffice to say, her rivals will never be mothers. You need a uterus for that job. What Robredo’s rivals do have are balls — real flesh-and-blood balls and not the “steel” ones that form part of those quaint metaphors traditional feminists have reduced to a laughable cliché.

In the bigger scheme of things, the whole problem with the Philippines is that it has, for the last 30 years, failed to man up. It is no longer man enough to face the Chinese. It is not man enough to take responsibility for the idiots it elected to lead it. It is not man enough to compete in the global business world on its own terms.

The last thing the Philippines needs are leaders who, themselves, cannot man-up.

What does it take to man up? You need to think like a man to understand what that concept really means.


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22 Comments on "Leni Robredo proved in Sunday’s #HarapanBise debate that she cannot MAN UP for the job"

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Ren Car

modern feminists are despicable. They do not want equality – they want privilege. These feminists claim to be independent and strong women, and they want to be treated equally. I am for equality, not those feminists. I treat all human beings equal. If I am on a sinking ship, I will rescue the chidren, elderly, and the disabled persond first, and every personfor themselves. Now, that is equality.


Wala ba tayong ala-Hillary Clinton? Bakit puros widow na lang ang pang-Prez o VP? Nakatulong ba mga kandidatong tumakbo sa platapormang paawa effect? Paawa sa election; pag-naka-upo, wala naman awa.

#necropolitics, kya necro din ang bansa, halos necro na ang mga mahihirap. Pwede ba wala ng necro-han sa Mayo.

bisaya napud

sinabi nya, naalala ko ang eroplano ni jessie, abah eh si jessie na ngayon ang may ari ng eroplano… 🙂


She is a complete opposite of Miriam. While MDS embodies an independent minded woman, A cancer-fighting-survivor (no I do not think she is cancer-free) who is willing to go head-to-head in a man’s world, she uses the “mother” card.
What a disappointment.

Trying to garner sympathy and trying to show her compassionate side. What a joke. Yeah right, compassion for the poor and misfortunate. Imagine our world today, what do you see? People trying to get ahead of each other. Envy, pride, shitheads everywhere. We need a leader who leads not mostly feel sorry for the so called misfortunate because they’re hopeless. Someone who inspires not just give give and give our taxes to these poor fellow. We ever start thinking that the poor can never ever stop getting more and more because they’re fuckheads by that they keep reproducing hence becoming… Read more »
Trip Latski
The motherland doesn’t need another mother figure. Look at how it went the last time she had one. The motherland needs her sons and daughters to act their age and wise up to choose their best and brightest brothers and sisters who can take on the challenge of caring for her as she has been ailing for a long time now. The motherland needs her best and brightest sons and daughters to get rid of all the motherfuckers who have been continuously sucking her tits dry. The motherland’s children need to be responsible men and women. The motherland’s children need… Read more »

Leni Robredo is simply not fit for the job as Vice President. She is weak; a follower of Mar Roxas and Aquino. Always a “yes, woman”.

In the real world; we need a real , strong man/woman to lead us. A leader, who can lead infront, not from behind.

Leni Robredo has no experience in Management; foreign policy and in the military. She is more like Cory Aquino, the fumbling and clueless housewife/widow.

Please choose a better choice for a Vice President. Because, the position is a heart beat away from the Presidency…

JF Sebastian
BBM is the way. He’s the only one with the best credentials and track record based on his tenure as a senator. As Bobi Tiglao excellently put it: If only for his courage and intelligence in voting against Corona’s conviction, Marcos has got my vote, and I don’t care if he were the Devil’s son. It is not what a political leader says or claims to be that he must be judged. It is what he does in the crucial periods of a nation’s history, or in times of crisis, which tries “a man’s soul,” when his moral fiber and… Read more »
As of this day, there are more female teachers and social workers. What do they do? They serve the children, the poor, the sick, the abused, and the abandoned among others despite low compensation (to think they too have their own families to provide for). To be a mother need not uterus and ovaries. Women having children is not the essence of being a woman. However, women regardless of maternity status have contributed significantly the same if not more than men. To say that appearing feminine and motherly in a line of macho contenders is a failure to man up… Read more »

Mothering your “country” is not sexy for you or for people. If you want your “country” to “start being a man”, start being their lover not their mother.

Al Yasko

That is one of the most idiotic articles I’ve read during this campaign season. Not only does the author show little understanding of the feminist movement, he fails miserably as a representative of his sex and gender. Who wrote this, Duterte’s speechwriter? Laughable.

Lionel Lee

I like your article sir. But i would respectfully like to point out one word that offended me, your use of the word “chink” referring to chinese. It is the same as using the word “nigger” to refer to bkacks. I know you may not mean to offend but as a respected journalist i know you will respect us filipino chinese as well to not use this word in your future articles. More power to you benigno.