Robredo: Misogyny one reason for malicious attacks against me

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 4) — Vice President Leni Robredo underscored the challenges of being a woman in the cutthroat world of politics.

She said that she is one of the many targeted by malicious attacks simply because she is a woman — making her an "easy target."

"It is still a reality that women in politics are still easy targets. Especially now that there’s social media. Especially now that there is fake news. My being a woman and my being a widow has paved the way for a lot of malicious and undeserved criticisms on my person. And it’s not the same for men," she said in her radio show on Sunday.

Robredo is a constant victim of fake news, which recently falsely claimed that the vice presidential poll recount result was going to favor losing candidate Bongbong Marcos.

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The widow of late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo said more is expected from lady politicians, compared to their male counterparts. She cited the case of Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for more than two years over drug charges.

"The male counterparts, even if there are basis for the same accusations, are not crucified in the same manner that she has been. So it’s still not the same. Although there are many women leaders in the Philippines already, the treatment is still not the same," she lamented.

The Vice President said she will continue to fight for women's rights and combat misogyny.

"We continue pushing for that. It’s not just women in politics, but also women in the private sector, or even in the public sector. Men are preferred over women because women go on maternity leave. Men are more preferred for some other positions because they feel like there are more chances for women to be bound by family circumstances, cultural dictates," she said.

Robredo added, "It’s still not the same. We have gone a long way, but there is still a long way to go."