• This is Leni Robredo's To-Do List for the Filipino Family

    Get to know the three moms running for the first and second highest positions in the country and their stand on issues important for any parent.
    by GP Abrajano .
  • This is Leni Robredo's To-Do List for the Filipino Family
  • Editor's note: As we begin our countdown to the May 9 election, we put a spotlight on the three women, all mothers, running in the presidential and vice presidential election, and their stand on issues close to a parent's heart. We begin with the lone female in the vice presidential race, Congresswoman Leni Robredo. Read about Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago here.     

    The widow of the late Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a helicopter crash four years ago, has been serving her term for three years now. Her supporters love her simplicity and down-to-earth attitude, shaped by her decades of service as a human rights lawyer. Her simple life has been well-documented, and even non-supporters admire how she still rides the provincial bus to and from Batasan and her constituents in Camarines Sur’s third district.

    Cong. Robredo began as a virtual nobody in the political arena, and was mostly unheard of when she began her campaign as vice president of the Liberal Party. But she has come a long way, and as of this writing, has become the front-runner  in the vice presidential race.

    On same-sex marriage
    “As a Catholic, I don’t think I’d go for it, pero I think government should legalize it. Kasi it’s the obligation of government to make sure that rights should be universal regardless of religion, sex, and gender.” (speqtrumph.wordpress.com)

    On divorce
    “Para sa akin, ang pamilya ang sentro ng buhay ng bawat tao,'di ba? So dapat gawin nating lahat na manatiling matatag ang pamilya.” (rappler.com)

    On birth control
    “Napakahalaga ng education… napakahalaga pong tinuturuan sila… Kapag mas educated, mas nakakaintindi kung ano ang implications [ng pagkakaroon ng maraming anak]. Magkakaroon ng mas maraming ginagawa, magiging mas productive sila para mag-hanapbuhay.” (gmanetwork.com)

    On the importance of education
    “Sa tulong ng K-12, mas maraming kaalaman ang graduate at angkop ang skills nila sa maraming uri ng hanapbuhay. Siguraduhin natin ang access sa edukasyon mula kinder hanggang tertiary education, lalo na para sa pinakamahihirap nating kababayan. Halimbawa, bagamat 30 percent ang gross enrollment ratio natin sa kolehiyo, 8 percent lang nito ang mula sa pinaka-mahihirap nating kababayan.” (lenirobredo.com)

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    On income tax reduction
    “I am all for it. Pinu-push ko na maipasa na yung tax reform bill kasi dapat talaga yung burden ng taxation nand00n sa marami yung nakukuha. Kung sino yung mas konti, dapat mas konti yung burden. Kung sino yung mas marami, mas marami din yung burden.” (inquirer.net)

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    On improving the traffic situation
    “Sang-ayon ako doon sa Rapid Bus Transit System…at sang-ayon po ako na dapat yung mga drivers ay de-sahod na para hindi nagaagawan ng linya sa ating traffic.” --The Vice Presidential Debate, CNN Philippines. University of Sto. Tomas. Sunday, 9 April 2016

    On delivering high-speed Internet
    "Magi-infuse po ng napakaraming kapital yung gobyerno natin para yung infrastructure po natin…gobyerno na po dapat yung magte-take cudgels niyan. Para hindi na po ito namo-monopolize." --The Vice Presidential Debate, CNN Philippines. University of Sto. Tomas. Sunday, 9 April 2016

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    On Martial Law
    "Ang hinihiling lang naman sana natin, recognition na may kamalian in the past para yung konting reassurance natin na hindi na ulit mangyayari. Pero ngayon parang pilit na pinapalitan ang kwento. Nakakatakot yun. Kasi kung walang recogntiion, wala mang lang acceptance na mali yung nangyari, andyan yung danger na mauulit ito ulit kasi hindi nakikita na mali yung nangyari." (Leni Robredo on Peptalk)

    On domestic violence and women empowerment
    "'Yung naging core na ng kampanya namin--economic empowerment ng kababaihan--sa paninwala na 'yung babae, mas mataas yung tingin niya sa sarili niya kung kahit papaano mayroon siyang hanapbuhay... kung kahit papaano nakakatulong siya sa pamilya instead of being totally dependent on the husband, lalo na 'pag yung husband 'yung perpetrator ng abuse." (Leni Robredo on Peptalk

    On working moms
    "'Yung mga nag-oopinsa, yung kampanya namin, magkaroon ng child-minding center sa mga opisina para hindi kinakailangang mamili yung babae kung magste-stay ba siya sa bahay para mag-aalaga ng mga bata o magtrabaho. (Leni Robredo on Peptalk

    On stay-at-home moms
    "'Yung mga ayaw naman umalis sa bahay dahil nag-aalaga ng mga bata, ni-link namin sa market, binigyang acess sa capital. 'Pag sinabing 'ni-link sa market,' sinisiguro namin na 'yung tine-train sa kanilang skills papunta sa isang mercado, na 'yung gagawin nilang produkto, may bibili." (Leni Robredo on Peptalk

    On winning and being a mother to 98 million children
    Excited na po ako manalo. Hindi po para sa sarili ko, pero para po sa ating mga kababayan na umaasa na mayroong mamumuno sa kanila na hinding-hindi sila papabayaan. Isa po akong ina at hindi ko po papabayaan 'yung aking mga anak. Hindi ko po papabayaan ang bayan. --The Vice Presidential Debate, CNN Philippines. University of Sto. Tomas. Sunday, 9 April 2016

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