MANILA, Aug. 26 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III and membes of the Liberty paid tribute to the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo during the memorial service Saturday evening at the Kalayaan Hall of Malacanang.
Among Liberal Party’s stalwarts who delivered their eulogies for Robredo include Liberal Party president and Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas; Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman, Sen. Francisco Pangilinan, and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte.
“Masakit para sa atin ang pagkawala n’ya. Nawalan tayo ng isang tapat at totoong kaibigan. Nawalan tayo ng isang masipag at masinop na katrabaho sa gobyerno at sa partido. Nawalan tayo ng isang maaasahang kasangga sa mga laban na ang tagal na nating isinusulong,” Roxas said in his message.
“As we look around us, we see the blossom of all his hardwork— urban poor, mga biktima ng krimen at pang-aabuso, mga walang mapupuntahan, mga governors, mayors, LGUs, mga kabataan. Kung meron mang takeaway mula sa pangyayaring ito, it was that Jesse was willing to give his all for what is right,” he added.
Singers Ogie Alcasid and Christian Bautista also performed during the memorial service.
There was a mass prior to the Liberal Party’s memorial service, which was attended by Robredo’s fellow Cabinet members, the Robredo family, friends and other officials.
On Friday morning, President Aquino led the arrival honors for Robredo as his remains arrived in Malacanang. The Aquino administration has prepared a state funeral for Secretary Robredo, an arrangement welcomed by his family.
A state funeral entails the fullest honors rendered to the deceased including military honors.
Also on Friday, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and its attached agencies, urban poor groups, and the Kaya Natin Movement held memorial services for Robredo in the afternoon.
Public viewing started Friday evening until Saturday at the Kalayaan Hall.
The body of the late secretary was brought back Sunday morning to Naga City with the Presidential Security Group rendering the departure honors.
Interment will be on Tuesday morning wherein President Aquino is expected to deliver a eulogy for the late secretary prior to burial rites.
Robredo and two others died when the twin-engine, four-seater Piper Seneca plane carrying them en route to Naga City from Cebu City crashed off Masbate last Aug. 18.
Robredo served as Naga City mayor for several terms before he was appointed as Interior and Local Government Secretary by President Aquino in 2010.
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