Robredo celebrates birthday with informal settlers

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As Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo welcomes her 51st birthday by immersing with informal settlers in Caloocan and Rizal, the lawmaker hopes for a clean and peaceful national elections.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It is her 51st birthday and Congresswoman Leni Robredo opted to celebrate it campaigning and to be with the impoverished in Caloocan and Rizal.

Robredo said it is her first time to spend her birthday outside Naga City.

On Saturday morning (April 23), Robredo heard mass with her children, along with Paolo, son of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas, and presidential sister Kris Aquino.

As for her birthday wish, Robredo said she is praying for guidan ce this coming election. 

"Sana maging matahimik 'yung eleksyon. Sana 'yung mga makapamili ng mamumuno na tunay na nararapat para sa aming lahat. Sa pang-araw-araw pinagdarasal ko lang 'yung kalusugan, safety ng aming mag-iina kasi hiwa-hiwalay 'yung aming mga lakad," Robredo said.

[Translation: I wish for peaceful elections. I hope people will choose leaders we deserve. I pray daily for the safety of my children since we have varying itineraries.]

A sad surprise

There's a twist Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, on Robredo's birthday, withdrew his support for Roxas and Robredo.

Instead, Salceda is now rooting for the Grace Poe - Francis "Chiz" Escudero tandem.

Robredo admitted she is saddened by this news, but conceded that this is just part of the election process.

"Nirerespeto naman natin 'yung desisyon. Ganun naman talaga 'yung eleksyon. It happens all the time. May nababawas, may nadadagdag. Ganun naman talaga," said Robredo.

[Translation: We respect the decision. That's how it is during elections. It happens all the time. There are demerits, there are merits. That's how things go.]

Robredo recognized this will have an effect on her candidacy, wishing that this "loss" will be covered by those people who continue to join her in her advocacy.