MUP 2020 Rabiya Mateo: ‘Women are as capable as men’

Published February 17, 2021, 10:29 AM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Rabiya Mateo

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo has said that women are as capable as men when it comes to leadership.

“Women are as capable as men in handling a nation,” said Mateo when she took on the Missosology Beauty Talks Q&A challenge recently.

“I am a woman and I believe that my emotion do make part in my leadership skills. I have so much heart, I have so much calling in being a leader actually and I do disagree with this thought. I can lead my country because I have the power to do so.”


“We need to give them the same opportunities. I won’t agree with something like this because I know my capabilities and strengths as a woman and I know that I can make a difference, so much difference.”

“We need female leaders who will put their emotions in making decisions. Because it’s not all about experience. Sometimes you really need to put your emotion to be the mother of the country,” Mateo said.

Earlier, President Duterte advised his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte not to run for president in 2022 despite clamor from some sectors.

“My daughter, inuudyok man nila. Sabi ko, ‘My daughter is not running.’ I have told Inday not to run kasi naaawa ako sa dadaanan niya na dinaanan ko. Hindi ito pambabae… Alam mo, the emotional setup of a woman and a man is totally different,” the President said.