| Atty. Leni Robredo
MANILA, Philippines – For the first time since Interior and Local Goverment Secretary Jesse Robredo passed away, his widow Leni Robredo granted a Christmas cover pictorial for the holiday issue of Working Mom magazine.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, Robredo said she agreed to do the pictorial because she considers it as a way of giving back to people who honored her husband’s legacy.
“I want to give in to invitations such as this kasi palagay ko paraan din ito para ipaabot ang pasasalamat ng family namin sa lahat ng honor at appreciation na ginawa nila para sa asawa ko,” she said.
Robredo said she only had one condition before they did the photoshoot.
| Robredo family
“Sabi ko okay lang sa akin as long as they would allow me to wear black. Iyon ang promise ko sa sarili ko na everyday until the first death anniversary, I will wear nothing but black,” she explained.
According to Robredo, she has yet to get used to receiving so much attention from people. She also admitted that until now, she still asks herself if she made the right decision to enter politics.
“Kahit parang napakasama sa aking loob noong una na I was thrust into this corner, parang naiisip ko na rin ngayon baka isa rin itong opportunity para mabago 'yung mga gusto naming baguhin. Pambihirang pagkakataon din ito na mabigyan ng chance na makagawa ng kontribusyon para mabago ang pulitika sa amin,” she said.
Meanwhile, Robredo admitted she sometimes thinks that what her husband didn’t achieve in life, he achieved in death.
This after Robredo’s daughters strengthened their resolve to pursue their dreams after their father passed away.
Robredo said their eldest daughter Aika will soon be joining the government.
“On Monday, she starts a new life. Magiging part na siya ng gobyerno, she will be working with the Department of Transportation and Communication, sa office yata siya ni Secretary Jun Abaya. I actually do not know what kind of work she will be doing. Pero alam niya sa gobyerno siya magtatrabaho,” she said.
| Aika, Tricia and Jillian Robredo
As for her daughter Tricia, Robredo said she will be pursuing her dreams of taking up medicine proper.
Her youngest daughter Jillian, meantime, will not be entering show business as she has to finish her studies first.
“She knows that I will not allow her. Sinabi ko na sa kanya na Jill hindi. Parang I am still very protective of her. Natatakot ako eh kasi baka maengganyo lalo. I am actually discouraging her from pursuing activities na lalo siyang mae-encourage to enter showbiz. Sabi ko maybe when she gets older and knows how to take care of herself already. Pero right now, baby na baby pa iyan. I think kailangan ko pa siyang i-protect,” she said. – from a report by Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News