Robredo sisters hint at mom Leni’s retirement from politics

Published September 29, 2021, 12:16 PM

by Raymund Antonio

What’s the one wish that the Robredo sisters—Aika, Tricia, and Jillian—have for their ever-busy mother, Vice President Leni Robredo? To have the time to travel and “chill” with them.

Vice President Leni Robredo and her daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jillian (The Leni Robredo Podcast/Facebook)

In The Leni Robredo Podcast, the Vice President’s daughters wished that 2022 would be the last time the public will see their mother hard at work in an elected position.

Both Aika, the eldest, and Jillian, the youngest, hinted that they cannot wait for Robredo’s term to end because that will give her enough time to complete her travel bucket list.

“Kung talagang meron ako mabibigay sa kanya siguro (If I can truly give her something, maybe) just like more time para makapagpahinga (to rest) or siguro kung maextend lang ng konti yung (maybe to extend a little bit her) mornings para lang may (so you have a) break ka and pause,” Jillian said on the podcast.

“Siguro after ng term na ‘to (Maybe after this term, you will have) time lang to chill and hang out with us,” she added.

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Robredo’s youngest daughter is currently attending New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering for her Biomolecular Science degree.

For Aika, she dreams of giving her mother “resources you would need” to travel to all the places she wants to see. She even joked that this year has been the longest Robredo didn’t see her “favorite child,” referring to Jillian.

“Since nasa Congress ka ang dami mong gustong puntahan na bakasyon (Since you were in Congress, you wanted to go to many places for vacation) both local and abroad. So, parang excited na din ako matapos itong (I’m also excited to end the) term kasi (because) I think iyon lang ‘yung (that’s your only) chance mo rin na alam mo ma-enjoy ‘yung nasa bucket list mo (to enjoy what’s in your bucket list),” Aika said.

Robredo joined Congress in 2013 as the representative of Camarines Sur’s third district. In 2016, she won the vice presidency.

Tricia, a doctor, said she wants people to give her mother “a break”.

“Pero parang alam ko naman (But I know), ultimately, ikaw ang magdedecide kung ano ang gagawin mo (you will be the one to decide what you’re going to do). But I hope people would respect na lang,” she added.

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Robredo, whose supporters have been making calls for her to join the 2022 presidential race, noted that it’s an honor for her to be able to serve the people.

“Ako, sinasabi ko ‘to sa inyo (Me, I tell this to you) each and every time na nagrereklamo kayo (you complain) about—I signed up for this. So, sa akin, iyong pagsign-up ko sa trabahong ito kabahagi na iyong panget. Pero ano naman (for me, the ugly side is part of my signing up to this job. But), ultimately, nabigay sa ating pagkakataong makapagsilbi ay priceless pa din naman iyon (the opportunity given to us to serve is still priceless),” she told her daughters.

With the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) a just couple of days away, Robredo still seeks to unite a fragmented opposition to go against the administration candidates.

She said she’s open to run as president provided that a united opposition backs her up. Her own party, the once-ruling Liberal Party (LP), has given her full authority to complete their initial senatorial line-up.