Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) — On the eve of her 52nd birthday, Vice President Leni Robredo led on April 22 the launch of a new children's book on her late husband's life.
Robredo considers the book, 'Nay Ano ang Bayani? Ang Kwento ni Jesse Robredo, a big gift not only for her birthday, but also for her three daughters.
The book, which was published by the Jesse Robredo Foundation, is meant to share to the younger generation the leadership journey of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash in August 2012.
The Foundation believes the youth should know the "matino at mahusay" [decent and competent] kind of leadership by which Jesse Robredo lived.
"Tayo pong lahat na nakakakilala kay Jesse, alam natin na yung kanyang buhay at yung mga aral na makukuha sa buhay niya ay talaga namang napakalaking inspirasyon para sa ating lahat," the Vice President said. "Kaya gusto natin itong ibahagi, lalong-lalo na sa mga kabataan na naghahanap ng bayani na gustong maging inspirasyon din."
[Translation:All of us who know Jesse, we know that his life and the lessons we learned from it are really big inspirations for us all. This is why we want to share these, especially for the youth who are looking for a hero as an inspiration.]
Robredo's second eldest daughter, Tricia, wished for her mom's strength to continue her work as Vice President.
"Sana patuloy siyang maging malakas at matatag," she said. "Patuloy lang sa trabaho. Alam ko naman pino-possess niya naman yung strength, yung grace para ipagpatuloy yung kailangan niyang gawin."
[Translation: I hope that she continues to be strong. I hope that she keeps doing her job. I know that she possesses the strength, the grace to continue her work.]
The Vice President, who has been a vocal critic of the Duterte administration since resigning as Housing Secretary in December 2016, has been besieged with challenges to her post.
Robredo faces impeachment complaints from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a close ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, two loyalists of the late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos, and lawyers and academics allied with the President.
This is despite Duterte saying in March 2017 that he does not support moves to impeach her.
Robredo likewise faces an electoral protest by former Senator Bongbong Marcos – who lost to her by around 260,000 votes in the 2016 vice presidential elections – on the grounds of alleged poll fraud.
Robredo said on April 22 that she ran for Vice President to prevent the Marcoses from taking power again.
The latest Pulse Asia, conducted in March 2017, found that three in five Filipinos approve of Robredo, down four points from December 2016.
By Anjo Alimario, CNN Philippines
CNN Philippines Digital Producer VJ Bacungan contributed to this report.