With her position as the Vice President of the Philippines and the fact that she is the highest ranking woman official in the country, Leni Robredo is certainly the perfect choice as cover for Esquire Magazine’s “Heroes and Villains” issue but netizens are torn over whether this was acceptable and appropriate or not.
As expected, her supporters were thrilled over her being chosen as the magazine’s cover for the issue but her critics were not so pleased that she was doing photoshoots and interviews for the magazine when she should be working.
Of course, Robredo is not expected to work 24/7 but her critics believe that unless she is able to fulfill all her duties to the people, especially with her task as the government’s housing czar, then she is supposed to focus more on her work and not on granting media interviews or getting featured on a magazine.
These critics forgot, however, that even the world’s busiest leaders pause from their jobs and responsibilities from time to time just to relax and spend time with their families or even to get themselves interviewed and photographed for magazine covers.
Robredo’s supporters believe that many of her critics are merely jealous of the success and prestige she’s enjoying. On the other hand, her critics think that she really should just focus on her job and are asking what she’s doing considering that Duterte had given her (in her capacity as housing czar) and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Diño a directive to ensure that the victims of the 2013 Supertyphoon Yolanda will finally get their homes by December.
Based on Diño’s reports on Facebook, however, it was clear that many of the houses are near completion or even ready for distribution by December 1; though Robredo’s critics do not believe she’s helping Diño out.
So, is it really wrong for the vice president to stop for a while and go on a photoshoot/interview for a magazine cover?