PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
10. ROBREDO, LENI
INDEPENDENT

Leni Robredo, 57, is currently serving as the 14th vice president of the Philippines. Her office has garnered the highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit for three consecutive years (2018-2020) and has been recognized by Malacañang for its pandemic response programs across the country.

Her flagship program as vice president, Angat Buhay, is an anti-poverty program providing and coordinating support through multiple advocacy areas, namely food security and nutrition, healthcare, public education, rural development, housing, and resettlement and women empowerment. The Angat Buhay Program has mobilized at least P520 million worth of resources for the benefit of 321,000 families and 223 communities nationwide, according to the latest updates as of this writing.

Robredo has also led numerous relief operations through the Office of the Vice President. The same office manages a comprehensive COVID-19 response program that offers a range of assistance projects such as free transportation services to frontliners, free teleconsultation services nationwide, handling logistics and manpower to transmit vaccine supply from the national government task force to local government units and vaccine express sites in partnership with LGUs.

She first entered public office as representative of Camarines Sur’s third congressional district in 2013, less than a year after the death of her husband, then-Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. Prior to this, Robredo worked as a lawyer with a focus on legal developmental work and providing legal assistance to marginalized clients.

In her lone term in the House of Representatives, Robredo principally authored three bills that were signed into law, including the Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act.

If elected, Robredo says she will spend her first 100 days in office strengthening the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Platform and Policy
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The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any

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Restore trust in government
 
Boost strength of Philippine industries
 
End workplace discrimination
 
Support small business
 
Support the unemployed and out of work
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Remove “palakasan” system
  2. Government that keeps it word
  3. Equalize the marketplace
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Robredo's office has received an "unqualified opinion", the highest audit rating, from the Commission on Audit for three consecutive years.
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  1. Strengthen the marine industry
  2. Promote the climate industry
  3. Improve the tech industry by matching Philippine skills with high pay
  4. Awaken the manufacturing industry
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Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Enforce the Anti-Age Discrimination Act or Republic Act No. 10911
  2. Pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill or House Bill No. 3432
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  1. Prioritize MSMEs for government requirements
  2. Promote market linkages for small businesses
  3. Modernization and digitization to eliminate red tape
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Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Retraining and skills-matching program
  2. Government Employment Program
  3. Unemployment Insurance (build a fund equivalent to 80% of three months salary, for availment while job-hunting)
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Founded the Angat-Buhay program
  2. Launched the Bayanihanapbuhay program, a free job-hunting and job-matching site for the out-of-work
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Major Accomplishments
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The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so


Public Office

The main mandate of the vice president is to assume the presidency in the event of vacancy. The VP may also be appointed to a Cabinet position by the president.

Robredo, however, has focused on implementing a multi-sectoral anti-poverty program, leading numerous relief operations, and managing a comprehensive COVID-19 response program that offers a range of assistance projects such as free transportation services to frontliners, a free teleconsultation services nationwide, handling logistics and manpower to transmit vaccine supply from the national government task force to local government units and vaccine express sites in partnership with LGUs.

As representative of Carmarines Sur’s 3rd District in the 16th Congress, Robredo principally authored 35 bills, three of which were passed into law.

Legislative Achievements

Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10708, or the Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act
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Position/Date
Principal author in the House of Representatives, 2015
Status
Enacted on December 9, 2015
R.A. 10922 or the Economic and Financial Literacy Act
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Position/Date
Principal author in the House of Representatives, 2015
Status
Lapsed into law on July 22, 2016

Achievements as a Vice President

Angat Buhay Program, an anti-poverty program involving multiple advocacy areas
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Position/Date
Founder, through the OVP
Status
2016 to present
COVID-19 Response, multi-sectoral pandemic relief programs
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Position/Date
Founder, through the OVP
Status
2020 to present
Improvement of the OVP
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Obtaining quality management system certifications from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2015) in 2017 and again in 2020 as well as the highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit for three consecutive years
2017 to present
Position/Date
Lead
Status
2017 to present
Relief Operations
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Delivery of relief packs and hygiene kits to victims of natural calamities BAHAYanihan, a housing initiative with various partners for families affected by recent typhoons

Partnership with fellow presidential aspirant Sen. Manny Pacquiao amid the onslaught of “Odette;” mobilized cargo planes
Position/Date
Lead
Status
2017 to present


Private Sector


Robredo was a researcher and economist at the Bicol River Basin Development Program Office from 1986 to 1987, and an Economics professor at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel from 1987 to 1997.


As a lawyer, Robredo first joined the Public Attorney's Office, rendering legal assistance, counseling, and other legal services to indigent litigants, until 1999. She later joined Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal-Bicol Chapter, where she was branch coordinator and lawyer for 13 years and represented marginalized individuals in court, conducted legal clinics and assisted clients in understanding relevant laws by translating and publishing Bicol versions of the text.


Robredo founded Lakas ng Kababaihan in Naga in 1992 and was President of Naga City Council for Women from 2008 to 2010.

Legal work for indigent clients
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  1. Branch Coordinator and Lawyer, Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN) – Bicol Chapter, 1999-2012
  2. Public Attorney, Public Attorney’s Office, 1997-1999
Status
Stopped upon election as Representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur in 2013
Professor
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Professor of Economics, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, 1987 –1997
Women’s groups
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  1. President, Naga City Council for Women
  2. Founder, Lakas ng Kababaihan ng Naga
Actions and/or Proceedings
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Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information

Resolved Actions and/or Proceedings

Subject Matter Relevant Dates Accrued Liability Status
Electoral Protest filed with the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, or in Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. vs. Maria Leonor “Leni Daang Matuwid” G. Robredo, PET Case No. 005. Filed on June 29, 2016 relating to the election and proclamation of Robredo as vice president in the 2016 elections None imposed on protestee Robredo The entire Election Protest was unanimously dismissed on Feb. 16, 2021 for lack of merit
Counter-Protest filed by Maria Leonor “Leni Daang Matuwid” G. Robredo Aug. 15, 2016 None imposed on protestee Robredo Counter-Protest was dismissed on Feb. 16, 2021
Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth
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Also known as SALN, this document is a declaration of one's personal finances. Philippine Law requires the SALN to be submitted by all public officials and employees to the Ombudsman. Public officials and employees may opt to voluntarily disclose their SALN to the public.

Assets
P23.8 million
Liabilities
P11.9 million
Net Worth
P11.9 million

* As of Dec. 31, 2020

Campaign Details
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Key details about the candidate's campaign

Campaign Manager:

Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

Alliances and Endorsements: Endorsed by opposition coalition 1Sambayan, the Liberal Party
Party History:
Independent
current
Liberal Party
Chairperson
current
Major Donors
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Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources

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Major Advocacies
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The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so

 
Free legal assistance to indigent litigants or clients
 
Improving transparency and accountability in governmental functions
 
Promoting anti-political dynasty prohibitions
 
Revision and overhaul of flagship war on drugs
Free legal assistance to indigent litigants or clients
Position/Date
Coordinator of SALIGAN-Bicol Chapter, 1999 to 2012
Status
Stopped upon election as Representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur in 2013
Improving transparency and accountability in governmental functions
Filled several pro-disclosure and pro-transparency bills in the House of Representatives
Position/Date
Status
Passed R.A. No. 10708
Promoting anti-political dynasty prohibitions
Filed bills aimed at prohibiting political dynasties
Position/Date
Status
Robredo was among the co-authors of House Bill No. 3587 seeking to prohibit political dynasties. She was also among the co-authors in the House of Representatives of R.A. No. 10742 (Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act) which includes the first anti-political dynasty restriction for elected positions since 1987
Revision and overhaul of flagship war on drugs
Including inter-sectoral, data-based public health approach to illegal drugs based on international best practices and focus on rehabilitation of drug users.
Vocal critic against “vigilante-style killings” in the war on drugs, appointed as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Chair on Anti-Illegal Drugs where she issued policy recommendations to law enforcement agencies
Position/Date
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Published a report outlining recommendations on the war on drugs upon her removal as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Chair on Anti-Illegal Drugs
Personal Details
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Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience

Name to appear on the ballot: ROBREDO, LENI
Full Name: Maria Leonor (“Leni”) Gerona Robredo
Birthdate: Apr. 23, 1965 (57 years old on election day)
Birthplace: Naga, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Residence: Quezon City Reception House
Religion: Roman Catholic
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English
Parents:
  1. Antonio Gerona (1933-2013), father, former Naga City Regional Trial Court Judge
  2. Salvacion Santo Tomas (1936-2020), mother
Siblings: Antonio Gerona Jr
Maria Lourdes Gerona
Marital Status: Widow; Jesse Robredo (former Interior Secretary and Local Government), 1958-2012
Children:
  1. Jessica Marie "Aika" Robredo
  2. Janine Patricia "Tricia" Robredo
  3. Jillian Therese Robredo
Education:

•B.A. in Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman, graduated in 1986

•Juris Doctor, University of Nueva Caceres, graduated in 1992

•Passed the Bar Examinations in 1996 and admitted to the Philippine Bar Association in 1997

Honorary Degrees:

  • •Doctor in Public Administration, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 2015
  • •Doctor of Humanities, University of Saint Anthony in Iriga City, 2017
  • •Doctor of Laws, University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City, 2017

Work Experience:

•Vice President of the Philippines, 2016

•Representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur, 2013 to 2016

•Branch Coordinator and Lawyer, Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN) – Bicol Chapter, 1999-2012

•Public Attorney, Public Attorney’s Office, 1997 – 1999

•Economics professor, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, 1987 –1997

•Economist and researcher, Bicol River Basin Development Program Office, 1986 – 1987

•President, Naga City Council for Women

•Founder, Lakas ng Kababaihan ng Naga

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Major Accomplishments

Other Legislative and Executive Accomplishments

R.A. 10672 or An Act Granting Philippine Citizenship to Farrell Eldrian Wu
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Position/Date
Principal Author
Status
Enacted on July 28, 2014
Angat Buhay (AB), an anti-poverty program involving multiple advocacy areas
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Components:
  1. AB in Schools
  2. AB Youth
  3. AB Women’s Entrepreneur’s Workshop
  4. Angat Kabuhayan
  5. AB Bridging Leaders’ Congress
  6. Special Projects
Position/Date
Founder, through the Office of the Vice President
Status
Ongoing
Relief Operations
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Components:
  1. Delivery of relief packs and hygiene kits to victims of natural calamities
  2. BAHAYanihan, a housing initiative with various partners for families affected by recent typhoons
  3. Partnership with fellow presidential aspirant Sen. Manny Pacquiao amid onslaught of “Odette;” mobilized cargo planes
Position/Date
” mobilized cargo planes
Status
Lead
COVID-19 Response Initiatives
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Components:
  1. Providing medical supplies and other necessities (such as transportation and dormitories) to frontliners
  2. Set up vaccine express sites in partnership with local government units around the country;OVP handled logistics and manpower while vaccine supply came from LGUs via national government task force
  3. Established free and volunteer-run teleconsultation service that caters to coronavirus patients around the country
  4. Free shuttle service for healthcare frontliners and other essential workers in urbanized cities around the country
  5. Distributing relief packs and assistance
  6. Helping locally stranded individuals return to their respective provinces
  7. Promoting community marts and other alternative livelihood opportunities and out of work or needy individuals, communities, and sectors
  8. Providing distance learning support for students, teachers, and their families
  9. Promoting mass testing and vaccination efforts
Position/Date
Founder, though the OVP
Status
2020 to present
House Bill (H.B.) No. 6467 - Full Disclosure Bill
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Requiring full disclosure on fiscal management at the national and local levels and all government-owned or controlled corporations and subsidiaries
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Author
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Referred to the Committee on Rules on May 23, 2016
H.B. No. 3905 - Participatory Budget Process Bill
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Institutionalizing citizens’ participation in the budget process
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Author
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Referred to Committee on People’s Participation on Feb. 19, 2014