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    Next Phl president should be female?

    PHILIPPINE Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Tuesday said that to ensure the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of gender equality, the next president of the Philippines should be female.
    "We've had 13 male and only two female presidents so far. The Philippines has had a total of 15 presidents. To achieve equality between males and females, since we have had 13 males, the next 11 presidents should be female," Santiago said.
    She explained: "We should have a female president in 2016. Research shows that when women are empowered as political leaders, countries often experience higher standards of living with positive developments in education, infrastructure, and health care."
    Santiago also said that to meet the standard of gender equality, in the 2016 elections, voters should pick at least six female candidates in order to balance the male and female senators in the Senate.
    According to the feisty senator, in numerical terms alone, there is still a wide gender gap in public office between the sexes.
    "Numerically, half of our high government officials should be women, and half should be men. And yet the division between the sexes is highly disproportionate in favor of men. In the Philippine Senate, in the 16th Congress, of 24 senators, only six of us are women," she said.
    Santiago said that the Civil Service Commission has issued a memorandum circular setting a target of 50-50 representation of women and men in executive positions.

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