By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo left for Vietnam on Christmas Day for a private trip to spend a short vacation with her family.
Robredo, who is also the former housing chief, is taking a four-day off from work and is set to return home on December 29.
In an Instragram post, Robredo’s eldest daughter, Aika, uploaded a short video of her with the Vice President in Vietnam. They were joined by her two other siblings Tricia and Jillian.
“Brgy. Robredo in Hanoi, Vietnam,” she said in the post.
Prior to her trip, the Vice President told reporters she would fly to Hanoi with her three daughters after Christmas for a reunion with the family of her late husband and interior secretary Jesse Robredo.
This is the first time the 53-year-old leader takes a quick breather from work with a trip abroad for the year. Robredo’s children are complete for the holiday break after Jillian returned home from New York, United States.
The Vice President posted a photo of their “Christmas lunch” on her personal Facebook account.
“Always better together,” Jillian said in another photo, which she uploaded on Instagram.
While she is the country’s second highest official, Robredo ponders the joys of motherhood. She said she sees to it she has a bonding time with her children, especially during weekends.
Jillian is studying biomolecular science on full scholarship at New York University while Tricia is a medical student at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.
Just like her father, Aika earned her master’s in public administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in May as an Edward S. Mason Fellow.