Catriona Gray endorses Leni-Kiko presidential ticket as her vote of choice

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Sen. Francis
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan for the 2022 Philippine presidential elections in an April 18 YouTube video titled "Pinuno: Para sa Bayan". (Screenshot from YouTube)

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan as the ticket she will vote for in the upcoming presidential elections.

The beauty queen shared her thoughts about the upcoming polls in an April 18 YouTube video titled "Pinuno: Para sa Bayan".

"My vote for vice president is Kiko Pangilinan. My choice for president is Leni Robredo," she said in the video.

Gray said that it was important for voters to do their own research before making their choice in elections, but it was often difficult for many voters to get access to quality information about candidates, especially since the most readily accessible platforms on social media were not really policed and were breeding grounds for "false narratives and unchecked news".

She was moved to share the facts that she had learnt through her own research and make it accessible to more people.

Gray listed five qualities which she believes are required of good leaders, namely qualifications, history, service, platform and values.

She then named Robredo and Pangilinan as the candidates whom she thought met these criteria.

Gray described Pangilinan as a "long-serving public servant, effective legislator authoring 79 laws, and active advocate for the agricultural sector, education and national welfare."

As for Robredo, Gray said the incumbent VP is "the only candidate with experience in all three branches of our government: judiciary as a volunteer lawyer, legislative as a congresswoman, and executive as a vice president."

Gray said the COVID-19 pandemic response was also an important indicator of capabilities of leaders.

"I believe that one of the most competent responses during the pandemic was that under the stewardship of her Office of the Vice President, which has actually reflected the highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit, three consecutive years in a row," she said.

Gray also personally aligned with Robredo's initiatives for marginalized Filipinos such as in education, poverty reduction and women empowerment through her Angat Buhay program, which has provided social services for six years.

"Above all else, of all the candidates, she's the only one who gives me hope for change for the future that I wish to see for my country," Gray added.

The beauty queen said she did not expect people to vote a certain way just because their favourite artist or celebrity told them to, but she hoped that by sharing her own research and thoughts on how she came to her electoral choice, she could empower people to inform themselves and engage in constructive political conversations.

"At the end of the day, I believe no matter who your vote stands with, each and every one of us, every Filipino wants the same thing: a better future, a cleaner government, better and equal opportunities and better quality and security of life for all," she said.

Gray, who is one of the most influential figures in the Philippines, recently unveiled a Madame Tussauds wax figure made in her image at the wax museum in Singapore.

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