MANILA, Philippines – Today marks the 40th day since the passing of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Family and friends of the late secretary in Naga and Manila, both in and out of politics, prepared various activities in memory of the late secretary who died in a plane crash last August 18 with two other pilots.
One of the activities was dubbed "Bike, Jog, Walk for Jesse" which was participated in by the former Naga City mayor's family, constituents and colleagues.
Masses and wreath-laying ceremonies were then held at the Basilica Minore and Eternal Gardens, where the late secretary's remains were placed.
One of the highlights of today's activities is the unveiling of the marker for the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum, earlier called the Naga City Coliseum.
A Jesse M. Robredo exhibit featuring the late secretary's belongings was held in SM Naga.
The rest of the activities include a medical mission and a torch parade.
Robredo aide pays tribute
Meanwhile, another familiar face joined the tribute to Robredo in Naga: his aide, and lone survivor of the Masbate plane crash, Jun Abrazado.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Abrazado recalled his former boss' honesty and sense of service, saying he knew Robredo in and out of the public eye and can testify to the latter's goodness.
Abrazado said he is not surprised by the continued outpouring of love for Robredo.
"Sa totoo lang kung si sir Jesse makikita ito, mahihiya siya kasi ayaw na ayaw niya iyung ganitong binibigyan siya ng parangal. Ayaw niya ng ganun na bagay pero bilang taga-suporta, hindi natin mapigilan na bigyan siya ng ganung parangal," he said.
In Manila, officials and employees of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also offered a mass for their former colleague and boss.
Among those who joined the celebration are DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, Philippine National Police Chief Nicanor Bartolome and other Palace officials. – with radio dzMM and ABS-CBN News Channel