By Raymund Antonio
While legislators and other prominent guests flaunted their best fashion looks, Vice President Leni Robredo shunned the red carpet parade on Monday before President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address.
Robredo, sporting her new hair style, did not show up on the red carpet and shied away from cameras when she arrived at the Batasang Pambansa.
Accompanied by her three daughters, Robredo was seen going to the plenary hall of the House of the Representatives through the south entrance of the building.
The Vice President was dressed in a gleaming pink blouse over long skirt with floral pattern while the Robredo sisters-Aika, Tricia, and Jillian-wore barong-inspired tops paired with purple, red, and light blue stylish skirts.
Robredo, who is always described as simple, has been avoiding the fanfare brought about by the red carpet during the SONA way back when she was still a Camarines Sur congresswoman.
Last year, the Vice President also skipped the grand entrance to escape the limelight.
The Robredo sisters gave their mother their full support tweeting a photo of them side by side and ready to attend the event.
“Perfect attendance for #SONA2018,” said Aika in a tweet.
“Ang tahanan at mundo,” Vice President’s second daughter, Tricia, said on Twitter.
Notwithstanding the worries of her allies, the Vice President attended Duterte’s third SONA even at the risk of receiving insults from him.
Robredo, who served briefly as housing chief in the current administration, said it was her obligation as Vice President to attend the annual address to the nation of the Chief Executive.
During his SONA, Duterte acknowledged Robredo’s presence and spared her from public humiliation for the rest of his speech.
The Vice President was seated in front row of the plenary hall, with former President and now Manila Joseph Estrada, Senate President Vicente Sotto’s wife Helen Gamboa, and acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio.