MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino, members of the Cabinet and the NEDA board remembered the late Secretary Jesse Robredo in the opening prayer led by Budget Secretary Butch Abad.
“Dear Lord, we thank You this morning for bringing us together days after the tragic passing away of one of our colleagues in the Cabinet, former Secretary Jesse Robredo. As we grieve for Jesse’s loss, we also know that behind his death, there’s a deeper meaning which, we believe, should give us more hope as we continue our struggle to reform our society and to serve our society better,” Abad said.
“We know, O Lord, that Jesse is now enjoying the blessings of eternal happiness in Your company,” he continued, praying that “all of us here he has left behind... will continue to be guided by Your grace as well as by Your divine will.”
Robredo died in a plane crash in Masbate last August 18. He was given a state funeral in Naga City last August 28.