A few days before Christmas, I was on the road, courtesy of a ride-hailing app. My driver struck up a conversation that turned eventually to who we’d vote for in 2022. I said I’d vote for Leni Robredo. He agreed, but with a long, slow drawl that sounded uneasy.
“I want to vote for her,” he said in Filipino, “But she’s a woman.”
My brain kicked into research mode. “Why do you say, ‘But she’s a woman’?” I asked.
“A woman is soft.”
“Why is that wrong?”