MANILA, Philippines - The late Interior Secretary and Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo has been chosen as the WikiPinoy of the Year for 2012.
People behind the WikiPilipinas.org, the largest collaborative writing project in the country, said Robredo secured 86% of all votes cast at the reference website in December.
"A WikiPinoy will not content just sitting behind an office desk. A WikiPinoy is proactive-- just like Sec. Robredo," a WikiPilipinas.org statement said.
"Though we are devastated by his sudden death, he left us with his own brand of leadership -- Tsinelas Leadership, focusing on simplicity and humility as embodied by Robredo with his signature plain white shirt and slippers," it added.
"Robredo was known to undertake on-ground public service in his slippers-- in contrast to the formal ensemble of more traditional politicos," the website said.
Free-reading advocate Hernando Guanlao placed second while the Proud to be LGBT Campaign Network took third place.
Voting for the WikiPinoy of the Year was made via a Facebook poll app, with voters choosing from a list of 12 nominees which included Agaw Trip Komiks, Jessica Sanchez, Miriam- Defensor Santiago, Brian Viloria, Dolphy, Ramon Bautista, Brillante Mendoza, Richard Yap, and Kesz Valdez.