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Leni Robredo

Jesse Robredo (m. 1987)

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Full Name
Maria Leonor Santo Tomas Gerona

April 23, 1964 (age 57) Naga, Camarines Sur (

Jillian Therese Robredo, Jessica Marie Robredo, Janine Patricia Robredo

Antonio N. Gerona, Sr., Salvacion Gerona

University of the Philippines, University of Nueva Caceres

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Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, also known as Leni Robredo, is a Filipino lawyer and the widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.


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Early life

Born Maria Leonor Santo Tomas Gerona on April 23, 1965 in Naga, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

Robredo took Economics at University of the Philippines in 1986 and Law at University of Nueva Caceres in 1990. She finished her basic education at Universidad de Sta. Isabel.


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Robredo is the chairperson of Liberal Party in Camarines Sur and the standard bearer for congressman in the 3rd congressional district.

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On May 16, 2013 she was proclaimed as the winner for the Congressman of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur by a landslide, beating Nelly Favis-Villafuerte, wife of Luis Villafuerte, newspaper columnist of Manila Bulletin, and former Monetary Board member, of Nationalist People's Coalition/United Nationalist Alliance.

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On 5 October 2015 it was officially revealed that Robredo was running for the post of vice president of the Philippines under the Liberal Party of the Philippines, as the running mate of Presidential candidate Mar Roxas.

Some of the bills Robredo has passed are the following:

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  • HB 4911: People Empowerment Bill
  • This act seeks to create a system of partnership between local governments and civil society organizations through the establishment of a people’s council in every local government unit. This act also prescribes the powers and functions of the said council.
  • HB 3432: Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination
  • This act will prohibit discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, language, disability, HIV status, and other status, and will provide penalties for it.
  • HB 4021: Healthy Beverage Options
  • This act aims to regulate the availability of beverages to children in schools and for other purposes.
  • HB 19: Full Disclosure Policy
  • This act will require the full disclosure of all information on fiscal management from all national government departments, bureaus, agencies and other instrumentalities, including government-owned or controlled corporation, and their subsidiaries and local governments. This act will also provide penalties for violations of the said requirement.
  • HB 3905: Participatory Budget Process
  • This act seeks to institutionalize citizens’ participation in the budget process and for other processes.
  • HB 3237: Freedom of Information
  • This act will strengthen the right of citizens to information held by the government.

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    Robredo is considered a champion of the Freedom of Information Act, has been a strong supporter of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and was one of the primary authors of the Tax Incentives Transparency bill.

    During the controversy regarding the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Robredo called for reforms in terms of transparency, people's participation, and removal of the lawmakers’ discretion over the identification of projects to be funded. She proposed the creation of the District Development Council (DDC) in every legislative district "to act as the sole body that will determine how a congressman's PDAF should be spent."

    She was the vice chairman of the House committees on good governance, public accountibility, and revision of laws, and member of 11 other house panels.

    Robredo has said that the burden of paying income tax should be put upon those who can afford it. Robredo initiated the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) to help alleviate poverty in the Philippines.

    Robredo has urged government to continue development programs for the underprivileged.

    She has stated that Filipinos who are in the marginalized sector should not be denied access to government frontline services and public meetings based on their attire. She has sponsored the House Bill No. 6286,or the Open Door Policy Act. In this act, government offices and agencies will not be able to implement strict dress codes.

    Robredo also authored the Full Disclosure Policy Bill (HB 19), Participatory Budget Process Bill (HB 2905), the Freedom of Information Bill (3237) and the People Empowerment Bill (HB 4911). She also authored the People Empowerment Bill which seeks to allow more participation from Filipinos in decision and policy-making. She wrote the Participatory Budget Process Bill to increase participation in budget-related decisions in government projects by locals.

    Ronredo splnsored the Freedom of Information B, Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act and Full Disclosure Policy Bill which proposes to mandate all government agencies and their sub-units and projects to disclose in a conspicuous manner their budget and financial transactions "without any requests from the public."

    Robredo also authored the HB No. 5831 or the Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act. Robredo’s version of the Freedom of Information Bill requires the government agencies to upload on the Open Data Philippines website their documents pertaining to the implementation of their projects and programs, with or without demand for it.

    Robredo has expressed concern on allegations of corruption in agrarian reform and co-authored House Bill 5841, which will create an Agrarian Reform Commission that will focus on investigating violations against the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

    Robredo she co-authored the Anti-Dynasty Bill.

    Robredo served as the coordinator of Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligan (SALIGAN) in Naga City in 2007 which made use of paralegal education and networking to obtain growth and development. Saligan was one of the organizations partnered with Save the Children which aims to help raise children’s awareness and involvement in governance. The project aims to spark the inner leaders in the youth.

    Robredo led the ‘Araw ng Pagbasa’ story-telling activities in Balara Elementary School in Quezon City.

    Robredo filed the Healthy Beverage Options Act 4021.


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