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Leni To Leaders: Trust Is Earned, Not An Entitlement

Leni To Leaders: Trust Is Earned, Not An Entitlement
Vice President Leni Robredo arrives in Baguio City on Dec. 6, 2021 for various activities. Photo by Andy Zapata Jr., The Philippine STAR

Vice President Leni Robredo emphasized the importance of a leadership that inspires the citizenry, and stressed that people’s trust is something that is earned and not an entitlement.

“One function of leadership is a leadership that inspires, a leadership that ordinary Filipinos can trust and be confident of. And that’s the reason why we were able to do a lot of things that we have been doing at the office, because many trust us,” Robredo said in a message during a flag-raising ceremony at the Baguio City Hall on Monday, Dec. 6.

“But we know – all of us civil servants who are here – that trust is not something that we’re entitled to. Trust is something that we should earn. So, at the Office of the Vice President (OVP), that’s exactly what we did,” she said.

Robredo, who is running for president in the May 2022 elections, was in Baguio to attend a wedding of a director at the OVP and other activities.

Robredo said she told her team to request for a courtesy call on Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, but they were invited to attend the flag ceremony.

“I was actually hesitant, Mayor. I was actually hesitant because I said ‘I am a presidential candidate.’ If I’m not a candidate I wouldn’t be hesitant. I am hesitant because I don’t want to be intrusive,” she told Magalong.

Meanwhile, Robredo praised Magalong’s leadership and his effective handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But it also gives me an opportunity to thank the men and women behind all the successes that Baguio City has achieved over the years,” she said.

She lauded Baguio for being one of the best performing local government units as far as contact tracing and vaccination are concerned.

“And in fact, I persistently asked Mayor Benjie about the lessons here and I asked him via text messages to teach us, and Mayor Benjie has been so selfless in sharing with us the models here in Baguio,” she said.

Robredo said she sees her husband, the late Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Jesse Robredo, in Magalong fighting for good governance.

“When I stepped here in front of the City Hall, I remembered my husband who was a friend of Mayor Benjie. My husband was mayor of Naga for six terms, and he has been fighting a long and lonely battle for good governance,” the Vice President said.

Robredo’s husband died in a plane crash in August 2012.

“My husband, all his life, even when he was DILG secretary already, has been pushing for the tenets of good governance such as empowerment of the ordinary Filipino, transparency and accountability,” she said.

“I saw a lot of parallelisms in Baguio now, under the leadership of Mayor Benjie,” she said.

“I am happy that Baguio and Naga share a lot of similarities, like vote-buying is not popular here, violence in politics is not popular here. And I hope you will be able to maintain that in the years to come,” Robredo said.

The Vice President was also scheduled yesterday to meet various groups who are supporting the OVP’s projects.

She also honored frontliners and the media who were awarded distinctions by the Baguio City government, recognizing their valuable contributions during the pandemic.

“I will be meeting a lot of many different groups. I’m excited also to thank the many groups who have been helping us,” she said. – With Artemio Dumlao