Now, what about his running mate, Vice Presidentiable Leni Robredo?
According to former President Corazon Aquino's daughter, Viel Dee, she believes that Vice Presidentiable and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo is sort of "Cory Part 2." There are similarities between her mother and Leni. Both are widows, they carried on the cause of their husbands at great personal sacrifice. To which Robredo says, " There can only be one Cory Aquino, but coming from you (Viel), I am truly honored."
So who exactly is Leni Robredo? She is not one who will mow you down with fiery speeches and promises and wouldn't flood you with political ambition. Instead, Robredo is a gentle presence but leaves such a great impact. An articulate lawyer, she is very conscious about serving people in the grassroots and in the margins of society--she spent all her weekends as congresswoman going in far-flung, underserved barrios in her province. In fact, she had been helping her kababayans as a practicing lawyer whose focused on cases involving the marginalized sector. She is connected with the Naga chapter of Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Pang Legal (Saligan), a national alternative lawyers’ group helping farmers. She founded Lakas ng Kababaihan ng Naga, was the past president of the Naga City Council for Women, and a member of Federacion International de Abogados. She also worked with the Public Attorney's Office.
If she wasn't thrust into politics in 2013, Robredo could have been a regional trial court judge. Before her husband's death, she had been shortlisted to become presiding judge in any of 3 regional trial courts (RTCs) in the Bicol region as sue was set to follow her father's footsteps, the late Antonio Herona Sr, who was an RTC judge in Naga City. Leni withdrew her nomination when husband Jessie died. She then applied as judge for any Quezon City regional trial court so she could be with her daughters but her plans were derailed because she had to run for Congress in the 3rd district of Camarines Sur.