Leni Robredo takes oath as 14th vice president, opens VP doors to the masses

  • Leni Robredo takes her oath as the 14th vice president of the country
  • In her inaugural speech, she quoted her late husband in calling for national unity
  • She also said her office doors will be open to the masses

Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo on Thursday morning formally took her oath of office as the 14th vice president of the Republic of the Philippines.

Robredo inauguration was administered by two town captains Ronaldo Coner of Barangay Punta Tarawal, Calabangga, Camarines Sur and Regina Celeste San Miguel of Barangay Mariana Quezon City. She was sworn in at the Quezon City Reception Hall where she will also hold office, as per an article published by Philstar.

Her running mate and defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas, Cabinet secretaries of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III, Senators and House lawmakers, celebrities, representatives of farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous people, urban poor, persons with disabilities comprises the crowd who attended Robredo’s oath-taking.

In her 11-minute inaugural address, the 51-year-old politician became emotional, remembering her late husband former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, as she calls for national unity during “these times of conflict and divisiveness,” as per an article published by Inquirer.

“As Jesse used to say when he was alive: ‘What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful than what pulls us apart’,” VP Robredo said quoting her late husband.

“During these times of conflict, unity is most important for our nation. We may come from different walks of life or different advocacies, but our dreams are the same: that each Filipino will live a dignified, prosperous life,” she said.

Robredo is staying true to her campaign promise to improve the lives of those in the fringes of society, as she opens her office doors open to the masses.

“The doors of the Office of the Vice Presidency are always open. Ours will be a listening office. We seek to unite the government and the private sector in a partnership for change, for those at the fringes of society that we have vowed to serve,” she said.

Even without a cabinet post, Robredo’s main priorities in her first 100 days include hunger, food security, universal health coverage, rural development, education and people empowerment.