Vice Presidential aspirant Leni flunked Bar exams on her first try in 1992. The Liberal Party (LP) candidate, in Tuesday’s commencement rites at Sacred Heart College in Lucena City, told graduates a driving message: “Don’t lose hope. Learn to rise from failures.”
Leni Flunked Bar Exams On Her First Try, Juggling Responsibilities
The Camarines Sur congresswoman said, "I studied to be a lawyer while I was raising my little girls," and recounted her difficulties while balancing her responsibilities as a mother, wife, and student. She has three daughters Aika, Tricia and Jillian. She is the widow of the late interior secretary Jessie Robredo.
"I shuttled between Manila and Naga City, while reviewing for the bar. It was a very difficult time. I was juggling my responsibilities as a mother, a teacher and a student... When the bar results came in, I did not pass,” said Robredo. She was studying law in the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga city. Robredo eventually passed the bar in 1997.
"I strove to recover. And on the second try, I finally became a lawyer, right on my birthday," said Robredo. Her failure encouraged her even more to strive harder despite a not passing on her first try.
Using Degree For Public Service, Thrust Into Politics
After passing the bar, Robredo dedicated her skills to help the poor and needy. She first joined the Public Attorney's Office in Naga, and later Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal, in order to help poor and marginalized litigants fight for their legal rights in court.
After his husband died in a plane crash in 2012, Robredo was thrust into politics as her province mates clamored for her to run for Congress. She ran and won Camarines Sur district.
During her time in Congress, the lawmaker authored three laws: the extension of the corporate life of the Philippine Railways Corp., the Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act and the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act. Other bills she filed include the barangay reform bill, people’s participation in budget deliberation bill, people empowerment bill of 2014, full disclosure bill and the freedom of information bill.
Though she had no plans to run for a higher office, the administration of President Aquino encouraged her to be the running mate of Mar Roxas for the presidential elections this 2016. The thrust of her campaign has been promoting transparency in government, women empowerment and inclusive growth. Robredo remains in third place in polls, but is quickly closing the distance from the two statistically tied front runners for vice president, Senator Bongbong Marcos and Chiz Escudero.