Judge Leni Robredo?

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The JBC shortlists Leni Robredo for RTC judge in 3 separate courts

RTC JUDGE? The JBC shortlists Leni Robredo for judge of 3 separate Regional Trial Courts. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – She is not interested in politics but Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo might end up as a Regional Trial Court judge.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) shortlisted the widow of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo for 3 separate vacant positions for Regional Trial Court judge: Calabanga and Pili in Camarines Sur and Ligao City, Albay.

JBC member Jose Mejia told Rappler, “It was a no-brainer.”

The JBC interviewed Robredo on February 22.

The shortlist will be sent to President Benigno Aquino III, who will make the appointment. 

Robredo is connected with the Naga chapter of Saligan, a national alternative lawyers’ group helping farmers.

A low-profile political wife, Robredo entered national consciousness following the death of her husband on August 18. Aquino praised the widow and her three daughters for the strength they showed throughout the ordeal.

There have been calls for Robredo to enter politics and even run in the 2013 senatorial elections after the outpouring of grief for her husband.

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, a close friend of the late Robredo, however said Mrs Robredo does not intend to join politics. – Rappler.com



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