We join the nation mourn the loss of Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo who was killed in an airplane crash at sea after taking off from Cebu, Saturday, August 18, 2012.
The national press has described him as a product of the Non Government – People’s Organizations (NGO-PO) community before he entered politics and was elected Mayor of Naga City. As the mayor of Naga, his leadership brought development and progress that raised the status of his town never felt before his time.
His hard work, dedication and diligence was something that earned him the great respect and endeared him to his people; bestowed on him the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for good governance and caught the recognition among national leaders and politicians that considered him into the Cabinet position under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III (PNoy).
Despite the lack of a formal confirmation to his appointment into the cabinet post, he is said to have immediately gone to work, and did what service was expected of his Malacañang government position very well.
The sudden loss and shock of that terrible accident has even reminded many Filipinos of the late President Ramon Magsaysay, who was also killed in a plane crash on Mt. Pinatubo in the mid 50’s. The loss of a Secretary Jesse Robredo is felt deep, doubly painful and widely mourned because of the people’s want for more true, dedicated and genuine public servants that the life example of Robredo has demonstrated and has proven to be concretely real and possible to his town and to the people.
With a quote by Anna Lappe, O Magazine, June 2003, let us take note that, “Hope doesn’t come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It’s simply a choice to take action.” # nordis.net