Leni Robredo is currently serving as the Vice President of the Philippines.
Here are the 25 most important things you must know about VP Leni Robredo.
1. Leni is celebrating her 55th birthday today April 23. She was born in 1965 in Naga City, Camarines Sur Province.
2. Her name is Maria Leonor Santo Tomas Gerona Robredo – the first of three children of retired Naga City Regional Trial Court Judge Antonio Gerona and teacher Salvacion Santo Tomas.
3. She graduated with a degree in economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1986.
4. She studied law at University of Nueva Caceres and passed the bar in 1996 on her second attempt.
5. She went to San Beda College for her master’s degree in law.
6. Leni Robredo was working as as a researcher for the Bicol River Basin Development Program (BRBDP) when she met her future husband, Engineer Jesse Manalastas Robredo. They married in 1987 when Leni was 22 years old.
7. She has three daughters named Aika, Tricia, and Jillian.
8. For ten years, Leni Robredo became the coordinator of Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligan (SALIGAN), a Naga-based alternative legal support group.
9. In 1989, she founded the Lakas ng Kababaihan ng Naga Federation, an organization that provides training and livelihood opportunities for women.
10. In 2012, Robredo was named the chairperson of the Liberal Party in Camarines Sur.
11. She ran for congress in the 2013 elections and defeated Nelly Favis Fuentebella of the powerful Fuentebella Dynasty to become the representative of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur.
12. Leni Robredo was the vice chairperson of the House committees on good governance, public accountability, and revision of laws, and a member of 11 other house committees.
13. Her first bill as a congresswoman was House Bill 19 or Full Disclosure Policy Bill which mandates government agencies to disclose their budget and financial transactions.
14. On October 15, 2015, Robredo filed her candidacy as the vice presidential candidate of Mar Roxas. She won the election of 2016 while Mar Roxas lost. She got 14,418,817 votes, or 35.11 percent of cast ballots, narrowly defeating her closest rival, Senator Bongbong Marcos, by 263,473 votes or by 0.64 percent.
15. On June 29, 2016, Bongbong Marcos filed an electoral protest against Leni Robredo who in turn filed a counter protest on August 15, 2016.
16. On June 30, 2016, Robredo took her oath as the 14th vice president at the Quezon City Reception House. She is the second woman to occupy the position after Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
17. She accepted the position to be the chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council after President Rodrigo Duterte called her to offer the position on July 7, 2019.
18. On August 2, she was conferred the “Honorary Outstanding Women Award” of Southeast Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. On August 23, she received the “Most Influential Filipina Woman of the World Award” given by the Filipina Women’s Network.
19. On October 10, she organized the Partnerships Against Poverty Summit attended by UN Children’s Fund, World Food Program, the UN Development Program, the EU, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.
20. On December 4, 2016, she was informed by the cabinet secretary not to attend cabinet meetings due to her criticism of the government’s bloody war on drugs. She resigned from her housing position to be effective the following day.
21. In July 2018, Robredo formally accepted the role as leader of the opposition.
22. On October 18, 2019 – Results of the recount of votes in Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur in the vice presidential electoral protest show Vice President Robredo with 15,093 additional votes but still Supreme Court refused to dismiss the case.
23. On November 4, 2019, Duterte assigned Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) until the end of his term in 2022. On November 24, she was fired from her post as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
24. Robredo visited victims of Taal Volcano and distributed relief goods.
25. She mobilized the entire office of the vice president to help fight COVID-19 by allocating more than 5 million pesos of the OVP’s budget to a fund-raising activity for the purchase and distribution of PPEs, masks, and food packs to frontliners. She also organized free shuttles and provided free dormitories for doctors, nurses and other frontliners. Incidentally, the fundraising drive reached 55 million on the day the vice president celebrates her 55th birthday.
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