Many Filipino politicians think so high about their capabilities that they would not hesitate to say they would do well if elected as high government officials.
Only few are humble enough to say such position is too big for them to handle. One of these politicians is Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, the widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash in 2012.
Leni showed her admirable brand of humility when she was asked to comment about calls that she run as vice president (VP) under the banner of the Liberal Party in the 2016 elections.
She said she is not seriously considering running for vice president because she lacks the experience for such an important position.
“Sa palagay ko ‘yung VP, masyado siyang mahalagang posisyon, masyado siyang malaki para sa isang tulad ko na nagsisimula pa lamang (I believe that the vice presidency is too important, too big for a neophyte like me),” Robredo said in a recent TV interview.
“Dalawang taon pa lang naman akong public servant. Parang lahat ng karanasan ko before akong naging congresswoman by osmosis lang lahat dahil sa asawa ko na matagal na matagal na nanilbihan. Pero ‘yung karanasan ko mismo halos
dalawang taon pa lamang. Palagay ko ‘yung vice presidency, napakalalim at napakalaking responsibilidad na baka mas kailangan do’n ng isang tao na mas mahaba na ang karanasan, na mas malalim na ‘yung pagkaintindi (I have been in public service only for two years. All my experiences before I became a congresswoman were by osmosis only with the help of my husband who was a long-time public servant. But my own experience has been only two years. In my opinion, the vice presidency is a big responsibility that may require someone who has more experience and vaster understanding),” she explained.
She said that others like Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, whose names have been floated around as possible running-mate of Liberal Party standard-bearer Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, are more qualified for the position than herself.
On calls for her to run for the Senate, Leni also showed unassuming attitude.
Right now, she said, she is mulling running for re-election as congresswoman or seeking a seat in Senate.
“Kaya ngayon, medyo umiikot ako. Lahat ng imbitasyon, kung kaya naman puntahan basta hindi nakakasagabal sa trabaho, pinagbibigyan, kasi sabi nila parang kelangan mo din i-test ang waters,” she said, admitting she is aware that she was lagging behind in the latest senatorial surveys.
She said that her performance in the surveys will be her gauge in arriving at her decision whether she would run for senator or seek re-election.
“Siguro susubukan basta ‘yung numbers ko encouraging. Kung masyadong malayo, du’n na lang ako sa amin. Mas mabuti din na mas sigurado ‘yung pagkakataon na makatulong ka ulit kaysa ‘yung malaki masyado ‘yung risks,” she said.
Yes, it is seldom we see politicians with the kind of humility such that of Leni’s. We believe that her unassuming demeanor is her No. 1 asset as a public servant. It means that her feet are always touching the ground, and her election as a congresswoman has not inflated her ego even a bit.
But while we admire the humility of Leni, we are appalled by the rank arrogance of a spokesman of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) identified as Edwil Zabala.
Sought for comment on statements by expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson, Jr. regarding the charges he (Samson) had filed against the governing council of the INC, Zabala wrote in a text message to reporters, “I will not dignify Mr. Samson’s statement with an answer.”
We are irked no end by Zabala’s statement because we totally did not expect to read such appallingly arrogant words from a person who is supposedly immersed in Christian virtues. His arrogance borders on rudeness.
Samson’s statements may be out of this world, but if you’re a spokesman of a religious group you do not use words used only by quarrelling fish vendors.
With people like Zabala leading INC, we would not be surprised if this sect founded by the late Erdi Manalo crumbles soon.