How Leni Robredo and other women of substance must be emulated
People saw how she carried herself through a most harrowing experience in her life – not knowing what to expect of the plight of a devoted husband and partner in life. Leni Robredo comes across as an intelligent woman, highly capable, intelligent but well-grounded even as she was enjoying a good position as wife, partner and confidante of an important man in the present administration.
How others would portray themselves in public in such a tough situation remains to be seen. Many women who are wives of important men portray arrogance and high-handedness especially when dealing with their lesser counterpart. They project certain kind of haughtiness and self-importance more than the husband himself. Sad but true; sometimes, the husband‘s embarrassment is hidden through attempts of defending these insecure women that ultimately reduce the man’s reputation into pieces.
This was probably why many wanted her to follow her husband’s footsteps in politics, they attempted to push her to run for an elective office which she politely turned down. Her act of turning down that offer all the more earned her the respect of the public. Even when her husband was still lying in estate, a campaign was forming for Leni as Senator. How many women would turn down such honor, a chance to become a star herself? Many would grab at the opportunity to shine and get a taste of fame. Few would do a Leni, stay quiet in her present roles and focus on her responsibilities as a mother and career woman. For most, the wife’s role is to stay at home, care for the needs of the family, the husband and most especially the children. Others who attempt at being equal with the men in the field usually bring perdition to the political image of the husband more so when the wife has a different outlook and attitude at public service.
But women are probably better as public servants as they have a certain compassion and inner strength that can match any man in leadership and management. When endowed with commitment, sincerity and pureness of heart, these women become A-1 partners of the men in nation building.
Not looking far, in the City of Tacloban, while the CEO focuses in making the city more economically strong and viable, the wife is on social development working on women empowerment, livelihood, education, health, and other activities that simply target the viability of the basic unit in building society, the family and the home. While men become the massive foundation in building communities, it is the women that provide the braces and vigor of the framework. Leni Robredo has been a stalwart of strength for her children, for the Secretary, without her competent help and capabilities; it would have been difficult for the Secretary to work for the betterment of Philippine governance and at the same time producing level-headed and well-adjusted children.
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