Leni Robredo

Vice President Robredo’s Last Days in Office: A Diary

Vice President Robredo’s Last Days in Office: A Diary


Leni Robredo, 14th vice president of the Republic of the Philippines, will be stepping down from office by noon on June 30, 2022. 

The past six years have been a tumultuous one for Robredo, who had to juggle the vice presidency with leading the fragmented opposition forces against outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte. She was briefly appointed as housing czar, only for Duterte to ease her out of Cabinet meetings. She eventually resigned in 2016. Irked by her criticisms of the drug war, a spiteful Duterte later appointed Robredo as co-chair of his anti-drugs body, but he fired her after just 18 days. Robredo became the punching bag of pro-Duterte propagandists and trolls, who spewed the most vicious lies against her and her family. 

Yet these attacks did not stop Robredo from reinventing the Office of the Vice President. Her flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay was widely praised for being quick and effective despite the OVP’s measly annual budget. The program, with help from its 372 partner-organizations, benefitted some 622,000 Filipinos across 223 cities and municipalities, using more than P520 million primarily sourced from donations from the private sector. 

Robredo tried but failed to gun for the presidency in the high-stakes 2022 elections. She now plans to return to being a development worker and alternative lawyer for the poor and the marginalized. 

She will be turning Angat Buhay, her flagship program as VP, into a non-governmental organization, eyeing it to become the “biggest volunteer movement” the country has ever seen. Robredo also plans to actively lead efforts to counter the disinformation plague in the Philippines.

In this diary, Rappler reporter Mara Cepeda documents Robredo’s final days as vice president. 


June 26: Remembers some of the highlights at the OVP in 2018

Mara Cepeda

Robredo continued with her “throwback” entries to remember her time as vice president. In her latest Facebook post, Robredo shared photos of her activities in 2018. These included the start of the construction of the Angat Buhay Village in war-torn Marawi City, various workshops and skills trainings the Office of the Vice President organized for student leaders and entrepreneurs, the OVP’s relief operations during calamities, the opening of dormitories in public high schools, and the launch of the OVP’s partnership with Masflex and chef Gene Gonzales to assist senior high schools with the culinary track.

Robredo also shared photos of her during the 2018 Independence Day celebration in Luneta, where she braved the heavy rains to give respect to the flag and national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

The Vice President’s final photos in the set were of her joining the Liberal Party’s listening campaign “Project Makinig” in her hometown Naga City, Camarines Sur. 

“We’re down to our last four days at the OVP,” said Robredo.

June 26: Signs off for the last time from ‘Biserbisyong Leni’ show on RMN DZXL

Mara Cepeda

Robredo and veteran broadcaster Ely Saludar hosted the radio show Biserbisyong Leni for the last time on RMN DZXL. 

The Vice President launched her weekly radio show in May 2017, and it became a platform for Filipinos to get updated on Robredo’s projects and to hear her thoughts on the most pressing issues of the week. Social media users were able to watch Biserbisyong Leni live on Facebook and Youtube, too.

The last 15 to 20 minutes of the program would usually be dedicated to the “Istorya ng Pag-asa” segment, where Robredo and Saludar would interview “extraordinary” Filipinos with stories of hope to share to the rest of the nation.
But on the final episode of Biserbisyong Leni, Robredo mostly looked back on her journey as vice president. 

She considered all the trials she and the Office of the Vice President went through as a “blessing” in disguise.

“’Yung lahat ng mga kahirapan na ’binigay sa amin, actually ’yun ’yung nagpahusay sa amin…. Dahil hindi kami ’tinuring na kakampi, hindi kami ’tinuring na bahagi ng pamahalaan, natuto kami, Ka Ely, natuto kami maghanap ng paraan. And, to my mind, ’yun ’yung nagpahusay sa amin,” Robredo said.

(All of the trials that came our way pushed us to strive for excellence…. Because we weren’t treated like allies, because we weren’t treated as part of government, we had to learn to look for other ways to help. And, to my mind, that’s what made us become excellent in the work that we did.)

After the show aired, Robredo went on Facebook to share photos of the day she and her team held a photo shoot for the promotion materials for Biserbisyong Leni.

“We never expected to last for 5 years and we did!! Thank you, Ka Ely and RMN. Looking back at how we started. Haha. This was when we were shooting for our pub mats. Sobrang yagit. Thank you, Jopau, Aica, Chari, Marvin, Patrick, Jose, Tin,” said Robredo.

June 25: Bonds with security detail from Vice Presidential Security Detachment

Mara Cepeda

Robredo spent most of her Saturday together with her security detail from the Vice Presidential Security Detachment (VPSD), which kept her and her three daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jillian safe during her vice presidency.

“The best team one could ever hope for… Thank you for securing our family in the past 6 years,” said Robredo in an Instagram Stories post. 

June 25: Looks back on key moments of the OVP in 2017

Mara Cepeda

Robredo continued to remember the highlights of her vice presidency through a throwback Facebook post.

This time, she looked back on the highlights of 2017 at the OVP: disasters, the launch of new programs, the Marawi siege, her ceremonial work as VP, and the OVP’s ISO certification. 

June 24: Administers oath of councilors across several provinces, has dinner with UP Econ classmates

Mara Cepeda
OATH-TAKING. Work continues for Vice President Leni Robredo on her last six days in office as she leads the oath-taking ceremonies of incoming local officials in her office at the Quezon City Reception House on June 25, 2022. Photo by OVP

In her sixth to the last day in office, Robredo administered the oath of several incoming councilors: Mayen Mar Gulmatico, Gracia Marie Loffe, and Jemar Alerta (Janiuay, Iloilo), Nicanor Pedro Jr. (Lucena City, Quezon), Rhodora Roldan-Guevara (Castillejos, Zambales), Maria Mylen Victoria Yaranon (Baguio City), and Alfred Zapanta (Antipolo City).

Robredo ended her Friday night by having dinner with her classmates from her days as an economics student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Robredo graduated from UP in 1986, then went on to study law at the University of Nueva Caceres. She finished her law studies in 1992 and passed the Bar in 1997. 

June 24: Posts photos of her ‘firsts’ as VP

Mara Cepeda

Robredo marked the last six days of her vice presidency by sharing throwback photos of her “firsts” as the second highest official in the land.

Her Facebook post included photos taken during her inauguration on June 30, 2021, meetings with President Duterte, his Cabinet, and diplomats, her first visits to far-flung areas, and the launch of her Angat Buhay program.

Robredo took her cue from chief-of-staff Undersecretary Philip Dy, who did a similar thing on his own Facebook account.

“My version of the last six days of our last six years. Today’s entry will be pics of our firsts,” she said.

Here are some of the photos she shared in her post:

Check the rest of Robredo’s “firsts” photos here.

June 24: Attends Mass for Noynoy Aquino’s 1st death anniversary


It’s a full day for Robredo. In the morning, the Vice President attended the Holy Mass in commemoration of the first death anniversary of the late president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. He was the chairman emeritus of the once-ruling Liberal Party, which Robredo chaired starting 2016. 

Robredo said the death of Aquino in 2021 marks the end of an era in Philippine politics. “He tried to do what was right, even when it was not popular,” said Robredo on the day Aquino died.

She met with her campaign volunteers from the Business 2 Business group, before welcoming the subject matter experts from the University of the Philippines’ College of Education who helped create instructional videos for the OVP’s Bayanihan e-Skwela program during the pandemic.

Robredo also had several engagements with Batangueños. She led the oath-taking ceremonies of Batangas Vice Governor Jose Antonio “Mark” Leviste II; Lian, Batangas Vice Mayor Roberto Antonio “Ronin” Leviste, and Tanauan City Councilor Czylene Marqueses. 

Vice President Leni Robredo swears in Incoming Batangas Vice Governor Jose Antonio “Mark” Leviste II. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

The Vice President then had a meet and greet with the members of Robredo People’s Council Batangas and other campaign volunteers from the province led by Batangas City Councilor Aileen Grace Arriola-Montalbo.

Vice President Leni Robredo with incoming Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste, members of the Robredo People’s Council Batangas, and other campaign volunteers led by Batangas City Councilor Aileen Grace Arriola-Montalbo. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

June 23: Holds thanksgiving for artists, celebrities who volunteered in campaign


Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan, her running mate in the 2022 elections, held a thanksgiving and salu-salo with the artists, celebrities, and influencers who helped campaign for them and their “Tropang Angat” senatorial slate.

Robredo’s run inspired a massive volunteer movement, where Filipinos from all walks of life pooled their own resources and dedicated their time to do house-to-house campaigns across the country. The Robredo-Pangilinan tandem, however, only finished in second place in their respective races. 

June 23: Receives painting from students, swears in more local officials


Student leaders and staff of the Canossa-Tondo Children’s Foundation Inc. visited Robredo in her office and gave her an artwork made by one of the students. 

Robredo then administered the oaths of 30 more local officials across difference provinces. They are as follows: 

  • Cavite 5th District Board Member-elect Aidel Paul Belamide
  • Taytay, Rizal Councilor-elect Philip Jeison J. Cruz
  • Alaminos City, Pangasinan Councilor-elect Carol Dizon Sison
  • San Fernando City, Pampanga Councilor-elect Redentor S. Halili
  • Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Councilor-elect Mary Marjorie P. Martin-Chan
  • San Pedro City, Laguna Councilor-elect Bernadeth V. Olivares
  • Infanta, Quezon Vice Mayor-elect Lord Arnel L. Ruanto
  • Tacloban City, Leyte Councilor-elect Jerry S. Uy
  • Camarines Norte Vice Governor-elect Joseph V. Ascutia
  • Bongabon, Nueva Ecija Vice Mayor-elect Christian P. Binuya
  • Nagcarlan, Laguna Councilor-elect Ron-Erwin D. Esquivel
  • Banton, Romblon Vice Mayor-elect Loijorge Fegalquin Fegalan
  • Dagupan City, Pangasinan Councilor-elect Michael B. Fernandez
  • Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro Councilor-elect Niño Sergio Olegario G. Liwanag
  • Cavite 6th District Board Member-elect Kerby Javier Salazar
  • San Jose City, Nueva Ecija Councilor-elect Patrixie DP. Salvador-Garcia
  • Magallanes, Cavite Councilor-elect Aina Mari M. Sisante
  • Luisiana, Laguna Councilor-elect Elaine E. Teope
  • Mangaldan, Pangasinan Councilor-elect Aldrin Soriano
  • Olongapo City, Zambales Councilor-elect Jerome Michael S. Bacay
  • Mercedes, Camarines Norte Councilor-elect Princess Balane-Torralba
  • Orani, Bataan Councilor-elect Maya B. Bongco
  • Mercedes, Camarines Norte Councilor-elect Marie Vella Flor Navarro Ibasco
  • Olongapo City, Zambales Councilor-elect Sarah Lugerna Lipumano-Garcia
  • Gumaca, Quezon Councilor-elect Jan Carlo C. Mendoza
  • Lucena City, Quezon Councilor-elect Jose Christian O. Ona

June 22: Continues packing things at OVP, lunches with ‘mommies and daughters’ group


Eight days left. Robredo was back in Manila and helped out her staff in packing more of their things at the Quezon City Reception House. The Office of the Vice President is almost empty now, with only a few boxes left around the office. In between meetings, Robredo and her team had been busy clearing out their things and working on the transition with vice president-elect Sara Duterte’s staff.

Robredo’s promise to her supporters: “After June 30, I would go on Facebook Live more frequently.”

During lunch break, Robredo and her daughter Jillian met up with their “small barkada of mommies and daughters” to celebrate the children’s graduation from college.

“Everyone is in town today because Brie graduated summa cum Laude from UST yesterday and Nica graduated cum laude from the same school. Pau is taking a 6-year course so she won’t finish until 2 years after. Of course, Jill was the first to march last May. We try to get together whenever we are all in Manila or in Naga,” said Robredo in a Facebook post

“Always a riot when we are all together. Bitin lang because I had to get back to the office agad (We just lacked time because I had to get back to the office immediately),” she added.