Duterte and Robredo: What do they have in common?

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It's still anybody’s guess on how President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo will work with each other.

With about a month to go before their inauguration day, Duterte said he has not yet considered a Cabinet post for Robredo, adding he wants to first build "good rapport" with the vice president-elect.

They are from different political parties, with differing opinions on a number of issues.

Duterte is an advocate of the death penalty.

"What I would do is to urge Congress to restore the death penalty by hanging," he said during his first press conference after election day.

But Robredo is opposing capital punishment.

She said statistics have yet to show that the death penalty is a deterrent to crime, while the criminal justice system has to improve its track record on presenting evidence to ensure the conviction of suspected criminals.

Nevertheless, both officials have a few things in common:

1. Both were reluctant candidates.

In September 2014, Duterte said in a Davao TV program that he would rather retire than become president, even describing the presidency as an "unforgiving position."

In a gathering of Liberal Party members in October 2015, Robredo said the support of her family was key to her decision to run.

"Ang una pong tanong ko sa sarili ko: Bakit ako? Sa dinami-dami ng pagpipilian, bakit ako pa?" she said.

[Translation: The first question I asked myself is: Why me? With so many others to choose from, why me?]

2. Duterte and Robredo were cellar dwellers in initial surveys but consistently improved on their ranking in subsequent polls.

3. Both were lawmakers, but neither held a national position.

Duterte was Davao City representative from 1998 to 2001. He was also Davao City mayor for seven terms, and vice mayor from 2010 to 2013. He was also appointed vice mayor in an officer-in-charge capacity after the 1986 People Power Revolution.

Robredo was elected representative of Camarines Sur's Third District during the 2013 elections. Before that, she worked with poor communities as a lawyer for almost a decade through the NGO Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Pang Legal (SALIGAN).

6. The two have advocacies for women.

Although Duterte drew flak for a rape 'joke' he made in the campaign trail, he has supported the establishment of a so-called women-friendly jail in Davao. In 2005, Duterte approved a request from a women's group for the creation of "Office of Special Counsel" under the Office of the City Mayor that will handle cases of women who are victims of violence and sexual abuses.

In 1989, Robredo founded the Lakas ng Kababaihan ng Naga Federation, an organization that provides training and livelihood opportunities for women. She was also head of the Naga Women's Council.

Gender equality and women's rights form a core part of her platform. These include the provision of entrepreneurial training, access to micro-loans, and market-based businesses for women.

7. The president- and vice president-elect are lawyers.

Duterte graduated from the San Beda College of Law in 1972. He was a prosecutor for Davao City from 1979 to 1986 before his appointment as vice mayor in an officer-in-charge capacity after the People Power Revolution.

Robredo graduated with a law degree from the University of Nueva Ceres in 1992. She served in the Public Attorney's Office after passing the bar in 1997. Before running for Congress in 2013, she worked with poor communities as a pro bono lawyer for almost a decade through SALIGAN.

8. Both prefer a simple lifestyle.

Duterte has opened his house to the media to show his modest lifestyle compared to those of other politicians.

The president-elect said he will not live in Malacañang. He called it a "symbol of oppression" during CNN Philippines' Town Hall at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

For her part, Robredo told reporters she finds the P440,000-rent of the Coconut Palace, which is the current office of the Vice President, too expensive.

She gets commendations for taking the bus from Metro Manila to her hometown Naga City, and vice versa.

"I think it's the most practical thing. I don't waste time because I sleep on the bus... And it's economical. Bus fares now are P1,000, plane fare is P7,000," she told CNN Philippines before she left Metro Manila for the Holy Week.