Radio Veritas president and Caritas Manila executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual called on the faithful to choose leaders who exhibit both character and competence as the Veritas Truth Survey on the perceived servant leadership qualities of the presidential candidates were presented on Wednesday, April 20.
“Presidency is both character and competence! nothing more! nothing less! nothing else!” Pascual stressed in an interview with church-run Radio Veritas.
“The next president must be someone who will work for the welfare of the more than 100 million Filipinos particularly the hungry 12. 6 million poor Filipino families,” Pascual added.
In a press conference, Radio Veritas released the results of the “Veritas Truth Survey,” a nationwide survey that mainly focuses on seeing people’s perception of the presidential candidates’ servant leadership qualities and assessing how such qualities would affect voters’ decisions.
The survey asked respondents to rank the five presidential candidates based on the ten qualities of a servant leader – listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of the people, and building community.
In an article posted in the Veritas website, the survey showed that respondents perceive Grace Poe to have the most number of the qualities of a servant leader, taking the lead in 9 out of ten qualities and having 59% over-all percentage.
The only servant leadership quality most respondents do not see in Poe is awareness, where she scored the lowest among all candidates with only 48.7 5.
Based on the over-all rating, Poe is followed by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who ranked second in 6 out of 10 qualities and had an overall percentage of 51%. She got the highest rating for the servant leadership quality of awareness. The six qualities where she ranked second were healing, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, and stewardship, and commitment.
Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte share the third spot with 44%.
Roxas got second place in the servant leadership qualities of listening and building community, but scored last in conceptualization with 48.3%. Meanwhile, Duterte placed third in six qualities – empathetic, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, and commitment, but scored the lowest in the first servant leadership quality of listening with 44.65%
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential bet Jejomar Binay ranked last with an over-all percentage of 41 percent of the respondents. He ranked last in half of the given qualities, but ranked second in the quality of empathy with 52.5%.
The survey was conducted to guide the electorate in choosing the right candidates and is not meant to endorse anyone.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Commission on the Laity Chairman Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo said: “Hindi ito endorsement ng Simbahan para sa kanila, ito'y tulong ng simbahan sa mga tao.”
The survey was conducted among 1,200 respondents from urban and rural areas nationwide. The respondents were chosen on the basis of stratified random sampling, with plus or negative 3% margin of error.
The qualities used in the survey were adapted from the servant-leadership theoretical framework first proposed by Robert K. Greenleaf, founder of the modern Servant leadership movement and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and later on defined by Larry C. Spears, Executive Director of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership in his paper titled “On Character and Servant Leadership: Ten Characteristics of Effective, Caring Leaders.