ON ROBREDO’S PASSING -- Celso: We have lost a good friend of Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:01

Mayor Celso Lobregat said the country has lost a good and decent man and a good friend of Zamboanga, as news about Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo’s passing struck the entire nation yesterday morning, 3 days after his plane crashed off the waters of Masbate.

Rescue divers found the plane’s fuselage some 800 meters off Masbate waters at a depth of 180 feet and confirmed that one of the bodies in it was that of Sec. Robredo shortly before 8am yesterday.

Lobregat immediately extended his sympathies and condolences to the family of Sec. Robredo through the latter’s close-in aide Benjie Navea.

And in honor of Sec. Robredo and as a show of respect and gratitude, Mayor Lobregat ordered the flying at half mast of the City hall flag as well as the flags in other offices under the City Government.

In a special mass intended to commemorate the death of Senator Ninoy Aquino and to pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Sec. Robredo, Mayor Lobregat said over the past few days he could not help but recall and reminisce the times when the Department of Interior and Local Government invited him to be share the city’s good practices in governance such as the Local Government Perspective in Managing Crisis on Law Enforcement Concern, human trafficking advocacy and the campaign against counterfeiting and piracy as well as the numerous times when Sec. Robredo came to witness or be part of  the various turnover of projects such as the firearms to the police, the health center in Manicahan, elderly center in Culianan and the barangay hall, health center and fire station in Upper Calarian.

The secretary also did not fail to come to Zamboanga whenever there are incidents that happen pertaining to peace and order.

Had the unfortunate plane crash incident did not happen, Sec. Robredo would have been in Zamboanga City yesterday afternoon to meet with the Peace and Order Council in City Hall. As early as August 17, the DILG has confirmed his trip to Zamboanga after Basilan province on August 21.

“The past 3 days we have been eagerly and anxiously watching the news waiting for developments and reports about his safe recovery and we—all of us were still hoping that Sec. Robredo will still be rescued but as hours, days and nights passed—we were already hoping for a miracle”, the mayor said.

He said:”we have all lost a good and decent man, a good friend of Zamboanga City”.

The mass at the Ateneo de Zamboanga Sacred Heart Chapel yesterday was organized by the ADZU community, the People Power Volunteers for Reform and the EDSA People Power Commission and was attended by hundreds of Zamboanguenos as they join the nation in mourning the passing of Sec. Robredo as well as the two pilots.

House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco and members of the City Council and representatives from various sectors attended the mass that started at 5pm. — Sheila Covarrubias