Leni Robredo Runs For Congress

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang is wishing lawyer Leni Robredo, widow of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, "all the best" after she decided to run for congresswoman in Camarines Sur's third district in next year's elections.

Presidential Communications Development Secretary Ramon Carandang also expressed optimism that Mrs. Robredo would carry on the "torch of good governance" left by her late husband.

"The decision of Leni Robredo to run for Congress was a difficult one for her to make but now that she has decided, we wish her all the best," Carandang said.

"We are confident that if elected she will capably bear the torch of good governance in the name of her late husband Jesse Robredo," he added

Newly appointed Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the Liberal Party (LP) is honored to nominate Robredo as congressional candidate in the 3rd District of Camarines Sur. She will reportedly face Nelly Villafuerte, wife of three-term Rep. Luis Villafuerte.

"It was a very difficult decision on her part. We can only be appreciative of her desire to continue what Secretary Jesse has done for the province of Camarines Sur," Abaya, also acting LP president, said.

Abaya said Mrs. Robredo could have opted to have a quiet life with the family but like her husband "she has responded to a higher calling." "The LP assures her of the party's full support to the call of the people of Camarines Sur for Atty. Lenny to run and be elected as representative of the 3rd District," he added.