Paglaban, Pagsasa-ayos at Pag-unlad, Hangad ni Leni Robredo

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Sa isinagawang “Pandesal Forum” nitong nakaraang Martes January 12, 2016, na ginanap sa Kamuning Bakery Café na matatagpuan sa No. 43 Judge Jimenez St. corner K-1st Street Kamuning, Quezon City, pinangunahan ni columnist/ writer Wilson Lee Flores ang pag welcome sa mga bisita bilang convenor at moderator. Naging pangunahing  bisita, ang isa sa Vice Presidential bet ng Liberal Party na si Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona Robredo kasama ang Bise Alkalde ng Quezon City na si Joy Belmonte.

Paglaban sa kahirapan, pagsasa-ayos ng mga daan at pagpapa-unlad ng kabuhayan sa kanayunan ang mga pangunahing tututukan ni Rep. Atty. Leni Robredo sakaling palarin siya na maluklok sa puwesto sa Malacañang. Sa pagsasa-ayos ng mga daan kasama na rito ang mga train at mga riles, partikular ang mga biyaheng Bikol na dati na umanong pangunahing transportasyon nilang mga Bicolano noon pa man.

Ang pag papa-unlad umano ng kabuhayan sa kanayunan ang dapat ding bigyan ng pansin para masolusyunan ang lumalalang pagsisikip sa kamaynilaan. Bibigyan din ng pansin ni Robredo ang pagpasa ng Freedom of Information (FOI) bill na isa rin siya sa may akda, pagpapatupad ng naaprubahang  Reproductive Health (RH) law at maraming iba pa.

Siniguro naman ni Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte ang suporta kay Robredo sa pagtakbo nito sa pagka Bise Presidente ng bansa. Ayon pa Kay Belmonte, bilang Presidente ng “ Lakas ng Kababaihan Para kay Leni Movement” sinisiguro niya na ang boto ng mga ito ay nationwide, dahil si Robredo umano ang tagapagtanggol ng mga kababaihan at ng mga kabataan.

Si Leni Robredo ay isang Human Rights lawyer, maybahay ng dating Naga Mayor at  Department of Interior Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, na kung saan binawian ng buhay dahil sa plain crash noong taong 2012. Naglingkod bilang public attorney sa isang Civil Society Organizations si Leni, at madalas na tinutulungan niya ang kaso ng mga mahihirap na walang maipambayad sa husgado. Bago namatay ang kanyang asawa, si  Leni ay naging presiding judge sa 3 Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) sa Bicol. Ang kanyang ama na si  late Antonio Gerona Sr. ang dating RTC judge ng Naga City.

Nanalo si Leni Robredo bilang representative ng Third District of Camarines Sur taong 2013. Sa Kongreso, her focus include empowerment, systematizing citizens’ organizing, delivery of basic services to the poor and addressing structural inequality. Among bills she filed are: National Food Security Bill of 2015, Anti-discrimination Bill of 2013, People’s Participation in Budget Deliberation Bill, People Empowerment Bill of 2014, Healthy Beverage Options Bill, Full Disclosure Bill and the Freedom of Information Bill.

Si Leni Robredo ay nagtapos sa University of the Philippines School of Economics noong 1986, at sa University of Nueva Caceres noong 1990 kung saan nakatapos siya ng Law. Sila ni DILG Sec. Jessie Robredo ay may tatlong anak.

The “Pandesal Forum” of 77-year-old artisanal and pugon-style Kamuning Bakery Cafe of Quezon City hopes to help elevate the quality of public discourse in the Philippines on current affairs, politics and other topics, also focusing on economic, gut or “pandesal” issues. It also advocates genuine reforms and new ideas.

The non-partisan, liberal, pro-people and informal Pandesal Forum was started on September 15, 2015 by writer Wilson Lee Flores as convenor and moderator. It welcomes all speakers, not just limited to political leaders. It is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of the “tertulia”—the informal and learned salon discussions of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America; it is also inspired by ancient China’s “li lun” or intellectual discourses.

Why Pandesal Forum? The pandesal is the historic and unique national bread of the Philippines, it is bread eaten by the masses, middle-class and by all. The pandesal is a basic necessity of the people, like rice. The humble pandesal bread represents the people’s simple wish for liberation from hunger. Hot freshly pugon-baked pandesal also represents happiness.

History of Kamuning Bakery Cafe with intellectuals, artists & reform stalwarts: Kamuning Bakery was founded in 1939 as Quezon City’s first bakery by Atty. Leticia “Letty” Bonifacio Javier and her husband Lt. Marcelo Javier (who died fighting the Japanese invaders of World War II in the Battle of Manila). It was acquired and revived in December 2013 by writer, history buff and realty entrepreneur Wilson Lee Flores, he restored the old cafe on March 20, 2015. Kamuning Bakery Cafe continues its artisanal and pugon or wood-fired brick oven baking.

Among its many colorful clients include pre-war media tycoon Don Alejandro Roces who facilitated sale of gov’t. land in 1939 at 15 centavos per square meter, his son the newspaper publisher & activist Joaquin “Chino” Roces, press freedom stalwart U.P. Dean Armando Malay, the late President Cory C. Aquino, national artists like Nick Joaquin and Levi Celerio, many showbiz celebrities, to a public school student who used to walk here to buy pugon-baked breads and is now the first female Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

For inquiries or suggestions, please call Cafe Tels: 4161637, 9292216, 4126628; Office Tels: 4126685, 4112311, 4151692, 3326066… Wilson Lee Flores 09178481818, 09188077777, 09228321888 or willsoonflourish@gmail.com

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