The Thai government presented Vice President Leni Robredo its Honorary Outstanding Women Award of the Year 2016 this Monday, August 1. The award was given to VP Robredo in an event in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand, as part of the celebration of Thai Women’s Day. This is the her first official trip abroad as the elected Vice President.
“It is such an honor to be one of the awardees on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the King and the 84th anniversary of the Queen. The award is in honor of Queen Sirikit and it is such an honor not only for me but also for, in behalf of the Filipino women to have been included in your roster of awardees.” VP Robredo told the Thai media before she received the award.
“This gives us a message that Filipino women are being recognized not only in Thailand, but also in the community of ASEAN nations.” She added, with the event hosted by the National Council of Women of Thailand and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. The Thai Queen was represented by Princess Maha Chakri Srinidon.
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“But more than this, I think with all the fields in our society today, we have seen how women leaders have asserted themselves already. This is a message that our women now are much more empowered compared to before. There is much room for improvement, but I think we are on our way there in as much as over the years.” The vice president noted.
Prior to her controversial slim-margin winning as vice president against then-senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr in the recent 2016 election, Leni Robredo was elected as Camarines Sur representative. During her term, she filed House Bill 6062 (National Food Security Act of 2015), Anti-discrimination Bill of 2013, People Empowerment Bill of 2014, among others.
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Besides being the widow of DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo, Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo was also a human rights lawyer. And despite the alleged cheating during the official counting of votes by the Comelec, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed her as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairperson.