By Raymund F. Antonio
Baguio City — The culture of empathy is the only way to stop the emerging culture of violence and impunity, Vice President (VP) Leni Robredo said as she addressed graduates from the University of Cordilleras (UC), here.
“Genuine service demands that we always come from a place of understanding and empathy. Empathy gives voice to the weak and powerless; it teaches us to listen and not to impose ourselves on others,” she said at UC’s 71st commencement exercises.
Robredo, a lawyer for the poor prior to entering politics, emphasized that when empathy translates into empowerment, it “makes people dream and realize their full potential.”
The Vice President urged graduates to “fight anger with empathy; hate with compassion; and hope with action,” telling them to be “true to your core” in order to “reveal the light” inside them amid the darkest of times.
While they will pursue their respective careers, the former Camarines Sur representative encouraged college graduates to remember the poor and those who are powerless.
“Our people need you, now more than ever. Remember that the task of creating a just and more humane society falls on everybody’s shoulders. And there is so much we can do, if we can get everyone on board,” she said.
Robredo received the Doctor of Laws honoris causa from the University of Cordilleras during the commencement exercises.
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