ANGELES CITY, Pampanga: Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe on Thursday said a leader should not be only measured by the length of service but more important by the quality of service he or she has rendered.
Poe issued the statement after Vice President Jejomar Binay, in a recent campaign rally, called her an OJT (on-the-job-trainee) because of her response on the issue on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) during the second presidential debate in Cebu City.
“Hindi ako OJT sapagkat matagal na rin ako kahit papaano. Wala sa haba ‘yan kundi sa kalidad ng paninilbihan [I’m not an OJT because I have been in the public eye for quite a long time. It’s not about the length but the quality of service),” she said in an interview with the members of the media here.
Poe chided Binay for belittling the ability of OJTs, noting that there are many good trainees in the country.
“We should not belittle OJTs,” Poe said, but she doesn’t consider herself an OJT because she has been in public service for several years now.
Binay was not the first who called Poe an OJT.
Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate and presidential survey fourth placer Manuel Roxas 2nd was the first, referring to the senator as an OJT during the first presidential debate held last February in Cagayan de Oro City.