Leni Robredo, 57, of Naga, Camarines Sur, Philippines can be the Philippines’ third female president. Human rights activist Francis Baraan IV is one of the Filipinos who are strongly supporting her presidential bid.
The election of the Philippines’ 17th president will be on May 9, 2022. There are 10 candidates running for president namely Robredo, Ernie Abella, 72, Leody de Guzman, 62, Isko Moreno Domagoso, 47, Norberto Gonzales, 75, Ping Lacson, 73, Faisal Mangondato, 59, Bongbong Marcos, 64, Jose Montemayor, Jr., 60, and Manny Pacquiao, 43.
A political influencer, Baraan has been vocal about his reactions to controversial statements made by these presidential candidates. He has been sharing his support for Robredo to almost 120,000 people following him on Twitter.
CONAN Daily asked Baraan to enumerate three reasons why Robredo should be the Philippines’ next president. Here are his answers:
1. Leni has zero record of any accusation of graft and corruption, and definitely has no record of tax evasion—unlike some candidates.
2. Leni is not just an astute politician, but also a genuine public servant. She and the Office of the President have consistently initiated projects for the marginalized and the poor, and have championed causes that uplift Filipinos’ lives for the better. One example is her Angat Buhay project.
3. Out of all the candidates, who actually has a track record of good governance, transparency, and accountability? Nobody but Leni.
Born in Naga, Robredo earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines in 1986 and his law degree from the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga in 1992. She passed the bar exam in 1996 and was admitted to the bar in 1997.
From June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2016, Robredo was a member of the Philippine House of Representatives from the third district of Camarines Sur. On June 30, 2016, she assumed office as the 14th vice president of the Philippines.
One of the most notable programs Robredo spearheaded under the Office of the Vice President is Angat Buhay, her flagship anti-poverty program that focuses on education, healthcare and rural development. During the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which started in 2020, her office raised funds for relief operations across the Philippines and provided free shuttle services for Filipino frontline workers.
In October 2021, Robredo announced her bid for the presidency in the 2022 Philippine presidential election with her vice presidential running mate Kiko Pangilinan, 58, an incumbent senator of the Philippines. Here are some tweets from Baraan about the upcoming election: