Leni Robredo assumes office, vows to continue ‘tsinelas’ leadership


MANILA, Philippines - On Thursday morning, June 30, Leni Robredo was sworn into office as the country’s 14th vice president in a separate inauguration ceremony from President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

VP Leni Robredo takes oath
Photo Credit: Facebook/Leni Robredo
Despite election protest filed by tough rival Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Barangay Punta Tarawal, Calabanga captain Ronaldo Coner administered Robredo’s oath at the Quezon City Reception House. Robredo’s youngest daughter, Jilian, held the bible.

In a speech she delivered after taking her oath of office, Robredo vowed to continue her “tsinelas” brand of leadership and claimed that she and Duterte share a common goal of seeking true progress that includes the marginalized.

“Ang mga pangarap ng ating Pangulo at ating mga plano para sa bansa ay nagkakatugma patungo sa iisang hangarin: ang mabigyan ng tunay na kaunlaran ang ating mga kababayan, lalo na ang mga napag-iiwanan,” Robredo said.

Robredo appealed for unity saying that progress can only be attained if the Philippines stands united. Moreover, she urged people to act for the good of the majority and not for the personal gain.

“Ang tanging paraan para matupad ang hangaring ito para sa ating bansa ay ang sama-samang pagkilos. Naniniwala ako na sa panahong tila may mga matitinding hidwaan na nangyayari sa mundong kinagagalawan natin, ang hamon sa atin ay magsama-sama, paigtingin ang ating pagkakaisa, at gawing lakas, hindi hadlang, ang ating pagkakaiba.”

During her first 100 days in the office, the new vice president promises to address the needs of people in far-flung provinces and continue her tsinelas leadership.

“Sa unang isandaang araw, plano nating magtungo sa malalayo at maliliit na barangay sa bansa, upang alamin ang mga bagay na nais niyong matugunan,” Robredo revealed.

Following her husband Jesse Robredo’s untimely death due to plane crash in August 2012, private lawyer Robredo, first caught the eye of the public. Although initially reluctant, Robredo ran and won as congresswoman of the first district of Camarines Sur and toppled the almost 40-year regime of the Villafuerte clan.

After receiving support from the Liberal Party allies and supporters, Robredo eventually agreed to run for vice president in the 2016 National Elections.

Watch VP Leni deliver her inaugural speech.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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