PNoy to visit Robredo's grave


Posted at Aug 17 2015 06:42 PM | Updated as of Aug 18 2015 02:42 AM

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III will visit the grave of the late Interior secretary Jesse Robredo on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

Lacierda said Aquino and several Cabinet members will visit Robredo's grave tomorrow at the Eternal Gardens in Naga City to mark the latter's 3rd death anniversary.

Robredo, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, died after the plane he was on board crashed into the sea off Masbate in August 2012.

(READ: Robredo found dead)

In a statement, Lacierda recalled Robredo's achievements as a government official.

''Throughout his decades of public service, Secretary Robredo consistently demonstrated his outstanding capabilities as a leader, whether as mayor of his hometown Naga City or as head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),'' Lacierda said.

''His six terms in Naga City were marked by improvements in development and public participation in governance, and today we remember him for the reforms he initiated, including the Full Disclosure Policy, which advances transparency in local governance."

Robredo's widow, Leni, was thrust into politics following his death. Leni overwhelmingly defeated Nelly Villafuerte in 2013 to become the congressional representative of the third district of Camarines Sur.

Leni is now among the possible choices to become the running mate of Mar Roxas, the Liberal Party standard bearer who replaced the congresswoman's husband in the Interior department.