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We have just obtained an advanced copy of the prepared speech of Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo to be delivered at a Leadership Forum sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on October 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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Here is the full speech:
Mr. Moderator, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:
As always, it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to visit the U.S., especially your nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
I have traveled more than 7,000 miles to be with you today.
I am greatly honored that you have invited me to address this gathering and talk about leadership.
I know a lot about leadership.I could not have been elected Vice President without the leadership of Smartmatic.I ran in the election on the coattails of my late husband’s leadership.
But I also have my own unique brand of leadership.In my country it’s called the ‘Laylayan” leadership.It simply means I lead by making myself visible among the less-fortunate of our society.
I travel to the very corners of our nation, taking advantage of every photo opportunity that would show that I am very comfortable being in the midst of the poor, the down-trodden, the forgotten.Never mind that I am often photographed wearing designer shoes and carrying designer bags.That’s not the issue.The meat of leadership is not what I wear on the outside, but what I harbor on the inside — my commitment to uplift the livelihood of the ordinary people.That I serve “lugaw” or rice porridge is just icing on the cake for those who travel far and wide on hired jeepneys and buses just to see me.
I have said before that the Philippines’ Vice President has no real powers, except to wait for something to happen to the President.
I have been waiting for more than two years now, and am still patiently waiting.Sometimes I feel like my title should be changed from Vice President to “Lady-in-Waiting.”I like how it sounds, don’t you?
In the meantime, I try to keep myself busy by arranging for foreign travel and to address international gatherings like this one today.I could only thank my financiers here in the U.S. and other countries.I am deeply indebted to them, and they know who they are.
I have been asked to talk about leadership.
I have a prepared speech, painstakingly written by my assistant Georgina Hernandez and her team of brilliant communicators.But I choose not to read this speech today.
“Huwag nang speech.Meryenda na lang”(No more speech, just snacks.)
Thank you and more power to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.