It came as a shock not only to me but also to a lot of Bicolanos that Lawyer Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, widow of the
late Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo, earlier today, Friday, October 5, 2012, decided to run for a
seat in Congress, according to television reports.
Atty. Leni Robredo has decided to represent the third
district of Camarines Sur under the Liberal Party (LP), the same party of her
late husband, where she has recently been assigned as chief of the LP in Camarines Sur.
Atty. Leni Robredo was accompanied by her youngest daughter, Jillian Robredo, who tagged along with her mom to the Comelec office.
Atty. Leni holding her COC.
Atty. Leni Robredo arrived at the Comelec office with a throng of supporters clad in
yellow. Earlier, Naga City vice mayor Gabby Bordado, who was supposed to
run as congressman in the third district of Camarines Sur, decided to
endorse Robredo instead. Employees of the city hall trooped
to her home to urge her to run in the midterm elections.
She has been urged to compete with Nelly, the wife
of Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafuerte Sr. who will be
running for governor after his third term as congressman. Another
contender for the position of representative of the third district of
Camarines Sur is former Solicitor General Anselmo Cadiz.
There has been a lot of talk of the
administration party asking Atty. Leni Robredo to run for the 2013 midterm
elections but House of Representatives Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that the widow of the
former DILG chief showed no interest
Shocked as we may be, we, Bicolanos, throw our support behind Atty. Leni Robredo.