Loida Nicolas-Lewis endorses candidacy of Robredo widow

Leni and the late Jesse Robredo

Leni and the late Jesse Robredo

Political advocate Loida Nicolas-Lewis is throwing her support behind Leonor “Leni” Gerona-Robredo’s candidacy for congresswoman in the 3rd District of Camarines Sur.

Robredo is the widow of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who was killed in August in a plane crash. She said she is running to challenge the long-standing Villafuerte dynasty in the region and to restore her husband’s “beloved practices” when he was the six-term mayor of Naga from 1988. Naga is the capital of Camarines Sur.

“She has integrity and a code of ethics to do what is right for the people. Otherwise, Jesse Robredo would not have fallen in love with her,” said the Bicol native Lewis, who serves as the national chair of the US Pinoys for Good Governance. “She is an achiever. Whatever she sets her heart to do, she can do it.”

Loida Nicolas-Lewis

Loida Nicolas-Lewis

Lewis said Robredo was a devoted wife to her well-loved husband, an attentive mother to their three girls, and a dynamic campaign manager for Jesse. Through all this, “she was able to finish four years of law school and passed the bar,” she said in a statement.

When Jesse Robredo was mayor for 19 years, Naga City was named one of the Most Improved Cities in Asia by CNN. “The municipality had a much lower incidence of poverty and lack of education than the rest of Camarines Sur, which the Villafuerte family has run for over 25 years,” said Lewis.

“She is a servant-leader,” continued Lewis. “Instead of working for big corporations or powerful law firms, she chose to be a community organizer, much like U.S. President Barack Obama.”

Robredo is reportedly running againt Nelly Villafuerte, wife of outgoing Rep. Luis Villafuerte Sr., who is serving his last term in Congress. She will be a candidate of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s Liberal Party.

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One Comment

  1. Mac Becool wrote:

    Way to go fellow Bikolanos! Proud to be one.

    Continue on with the advocay/legacy that the late Sec Robredo left behind.

    All the best!

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