Celso leads ‘light candle for Jesse’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 17:33

Mayor Celso Lobregat Tuesday night led City Government officials and employees in a candle lighting ceremony in front of City Hall in commemoration of the 100th day of Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo’s passing.

Dubbed as “light a candle for Jesse”, the activity was simultaneous in other parts of the country and was intended to express gratitude and appreciation to the late cabinet official who initiated reforms in local governance. 

Robredo was killed along with two pilots of the 6-seater Piper Seneca plane which crashed off Masbate last August 18. His remains were recovered 3 days after the crash, 180 feet the ocean floor.

Lobregat personally led the prayer prior to candle lighting which began at 6:30pm. The candles were lit and placed around the Rizal Park as well as on the pathway inside the park leading to the monument.

Lobregat reminisced the days when Robredo used to come to Zamboanga for a number of activities including inauguration and turnover of city government initiated projects for public safety, meeting with officials and staff of agencies under the DILG, meeting with police and other law enforcement agencies concerning peace and security and other equally important events.

“It has been 100 days since Sec. Robredo passed away and so today we say a prayer and light candles for the eternal repose of his soul as well as to thank him for the friendship and the good things he had done for Zamboanga”, the mayor said.

Present during the candle lighting event were city department heads and employees from the 18 departments including Sangguniang Panlungsod.

When Robredo’s body was found in the plane’s wreckage at the ocean floor last August 21, Lobregat said the city has lost a good and decent man and a good friend of Zamboanga.

During the wake, the mayor 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 a 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. — Sheila Covarrubias