Robredo’s bier at the main entrance of the Archbishop’s Palace in Naga City allows fast organized viewing of mourners. - Photo courtesy of JUAN ESCANDOR JR
By RHAYDZ B BARCIA
LEGAZPI CITY: Albay Gov Joey S Salceda is proud of fellow Bicolano servant-leader Jesse M Robredo, the former secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Governments who perished in a plane crash in the deep waters of the island province of Masbate last August 18.
“Robredo is an iconic endowment of Bicolandia. Bicol is the real winner in the presidential ascendance of Noynoy Aquino with Robredo giving a strong voice in the administration by articulating our regional aspirations for prosperity, which is very much overdue,” Salceda said in a statement.
“He has put Naga City, where he was mayor for many, many, many years in the map not only of the Philippines but in the whole world especially in Asia as one of the most progressive cities on account of his enlightened leadership and his expertise in management that engineered the growth of the city coupled with good governance that would ensure that the benefits of growth are shared by all its citizenry, especially the powerless whose ordinary heroism he always tried to spark.
“I must confess I am great fan of Robredo especially since I am now with local governments. We look up to him as an example of good governance. In many instances when I am confronted with problems, I would think how Robredo would have handled such case.
“We are accountable for our choices so we must do what we can to help Noynoy succeed. Robredo is somewhat of a loss to Bicol as city mayor of Naga but he is certainly a gain to the country,” Salceda said.
Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero also expressed sadness over the untimely death of Secretary Robredo.
“The passing of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo is a tremendous loss for the entire nation. He was a stalwart and a pillar of our collective quest for change and good governance.
“I mourn the loss of Secretary Robredo. He embodied everything a Filipino leader should be. He was an honored son of Bicol, a decent and loving husband and father, and a principled man whose honesty and integrity were beyond question,” Escudero told Bicol Mail.
“My family and I express our deepest condolences to the Secretary’s family. I call on Bicolanos, as well as the entire nation, for prayers for the eternal repose of his soul and for his family and loved ones that they find strength to see this tragedy through.
“While he has left us to be with the Creator, his memory and legacy should be remembered, now and in the days to come,” Escudero said.
Executive Secretary Paquito N Ochoa Jr in a statement sent to Bicol Mail said that he joined his colleagues in the Cabinet and the whole nation in mourning the passing of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and pilots Capt. Jessup Bahinting and Kshitiz Chand.
]“Secretary Robredo was a dedicated public servant and a champion of good governance whose track record in public service has been an inspiration to all those who believe in government as an instrument for positive change,” Ochoa said.
“Our prayers go out to the families of Secretary Robredo and his companions, as well as to his constituents in Naga and the officials and employees of the Department of the Interior and Local Governments, who lost a leader who tirelessly worked and contributed greatly to President Aquino’s campaign for good governance as a means to improve the lives of our countrymen,” Ochoa added. – Bicol Mail