Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has thrown in her support for Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan in the upcoming May 9 elections.
Before sharing why she chose the two, Catriona explained in her vlog on Monday, April 18 what qualities she was looking for in a leader. These qualities are qualified, history, service, platform, and values, which include accountability and transparency.
“These are great places to start but also great comparisons when researching or learning more about each candidate who is running for president, vice president, other government positions, and other positions of leadership,” she said.
She also encouraged voters to take time to think about who they will be voting for but also take time to research, learn, listen, and think for themselves.

“There is power in a single vote. Never allow anyone to make you believe otherwise,” she said.

Why Leni and Kiko?

Towards the end of the video, Catriona explained why she was voting for Leni and Kiko. She listed the accomplishments made by the tandem, which include their works in various sectors.
Catriona also added why she believes that Leni was the one who matched the qualities she mentioned.
“She’s the only candidate with experience in all three branches of government,” Catriona said. ” Judiciary as a volunteered lawyer, legislative as a Congresswoman, and as an executive as Vice President.”
The pandemic was a huge indicator of the capabilities of those in leadership. And I believe one of the most competent responses during the global pandemic was that of the stewardship under of her office of the Vice President.”
Catriona also highlighted the high audit rating Leni’s office got from the Commission on Audit. “So there’s transparency there.”
She added that all of the core values of Leni’s programs align with her values and causes such as women empowerment, education, and projects for the poor.
“And above all else, of all the candidates, she is the only one who gives me hope and change that I wish to see for my country.”

Bicolana blood

Catriona’s support for Leni is not only about values and beliefs. Both are Bicolanas, with Leni being a congresswoman for Camarines Sur and Catriona represent Albay in Binibining Pilipinas 2018.

When Catriona won the Miss Universe title, she also paid a courtesy call to Leni at her office in Quezon City in 2019.

Photo from Binibining Pilipinas
Catriona’s endorsement follows that of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, and Miss International 2005 Lara Quigaman, who has also shown support for the Leni-Kiko tandem in several campaign sorties and social media posts.

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