Lobregat pays last respects to Robredo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 August 2012 14:10

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Saturday flew to Manila to pay his last respects to Secretary Robredo, who perished along with the two pilots of the Piper Seneca plane that crashed off Masbate Bay last August 18.

From Naga City, Robredo’s remains were laid at the Kalayaan Hall of Malacanang Friday and Saturday and were flown back to Naga City Sunday morning.

Mayor Lobregat personally presented to Mrs. Lennie Robredo, the secretary’s widow, Executive Order CL-468 he issued August 21 expressing Zamboanga’s profound gratitude, heartfelt thanks and recognition to the late Robredo for his invaluable public service as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and conveying to the family and friends the city’s deepest sympathy and condolences for his untimely passing.

The mayor also handed over to Mrs. Robredo a copy of the tribute documentary entitled “Muchas Gracias, Sec. Jesse” that the city government produced as a show of gratitude to the secretary. The documentary recalls fondest memories of Robredo during his series of visits for various engagements in Zamboanga.

Mayor Lobregat the city has lost a good and decent man and a good friend of Zamboanga when Robredo’s body was found in the plane’s wreckage below the ocean floor August 21 or 3 days after his plane crashed.

Incidentally, on Saturday night, the Cabinet members paid tribute to Sec. Robredo during a ceremony in the presence of President Noynoy Aquino. Robredo’s colleagues reminisced their experiences with the secretary and even performed group song numbers for their late fellow Cabinet member.
Mindanao Economic Development Authority (MINDA) chairperson Lou Antonino extolled Robredo’s praiseworthy deeds not only as a public servant but as a private person. She said Sec. Robredo was very concerned and compassionate to the people of Mindanao and has been a frequent visitor to the different areas.

She informed those attending Robredo’s wake that the secretary was supposed to be in Zamboanga City and Isabela City last Tuesday, August 21, to personally look into various concerns and to meet with the Peace and Order Councils in the mentioned areas.

In her message, Antonino said she subscribes to Mayor Lobregat’s statement that “we have lost a good and decent man and a good friend of Zamboanga City” and even ventured to add that Sec. Robredo was “a good friend and a champion of Mindanao.” 

Recall that Sec. Robredo together with two pilots perished in a plane crash Saturday afternoon in Masbate. His body was retrieved from the 180-meter deep sea 3 days after the tragic incident, while the bodies of the two pilots were retrieved one after another in the succeeding retrieval operations that lasted until Thursday.

From Malacanang, Robredo’s remains were flown back to Naga City yesterday morning and now lie in state at the Naga City Hall. The secretary will be cremated on Tuesday at 12 noon after a state funeral ceremony. — Sheila Covarrubias