Jan 17, 2021 @ 13:51
Robredo honors late abogado dad on his birthday
Vice President Leni Robredo would not have become a lawyer if not for her father.
Robredo took a moment to honor his late dad, Antonio Gerona, on what would have been his 88th birthday.
“Everyone says I am my Dad’s female version. I looked like him, was reserved like him, and I was the only one in the family who followed his footsteps and became a lawyer,” she said.
What drew her to the profession was seeing how respected and important her dad’s work was. He was a presiding judge at a Regional Trial Court in Naga City, their hometown.
“He was the one who taught me how to do direct examination, cross examine witnesses, and prepare good pleadings. He always reminded me to never be late in court, to always come prepared, and to keep in mind that there is no substitute for hard work and preparation,” Robredo said.
“But more than these, my Dad was the one who taught us, by example, compassion and kindness. We grew up with him, welcoming into our home, people who needed a place to stay, or needed a meal. We did not have much but he always made us feel that we have been blessed and should take responsibility for the welfare of others,” she added.