Leni claims she’s the only real Bicolano among vice presidential bets

SOGOD, Bacacay, Albay — “I am the pure and true Bicolano,” Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, the Liberal Party’s vice presidential candidate, claimed as her edge over four other Bicolano aspirants for the same position.

In an impromptu dialogue with local media and leaders of the Lagman political clan at its ancestral residence here on Saturday afternoon, Robredo said he is the only genuine Bicolano as she was born and raised in Bicol, unlike her political rivals who started their basic education in schools outside the Bicol Region.

Awing her audience and the media with her simplicity and straightforwardness, the Camarines Sur solon said she is proud to finish her elementary and secondary schooling at the Unibersidad de Santa Isabel in Naga City.

Robredo — whose father is from Bulan, Sorsogon and mother, from Camarines Sur — said although she took up her Economics degree at the University of the Philippines, she saw to it that she would spend her vacation in Naga City during her semestral breaks.

After earning her Economics degree in UP, she also entered the law school at the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) in Naga City and passed the bar examinations in 1990.

Comparing herself with other Bicolano candidates for the second highest post in the land, Robredo said she can boast that she has worked with the grassroots by providing free legal assistance to the poor — unlike her political rivals who are experienced, moneyed and have worked with well established law firms, some of them having even served big companies.

Robredo is pitted against experienced Bicolano lawmakers Senators Chiz Escudero, Gregorio Honasan (UNA), Allan Peter Cayetano (NP), Antonio Trillanes IV (Magdalo) and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Philippine News Agency