MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino conferred Monday the Quezon Service Cross Award posthumously to the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
In the citation, President Aquino said Robredo received the honor "for embodying the principles every Filipino should aspire for." The Quezon Service Cross is the highest recognition given by the Republic to an individual for exemplary service to the nation.
"His tenure as mayor of Naga City showed the whole nation the brand of public service that was fueled by humility, selflessness and dedication. The way he improved Naga City earned him the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Good Governance in 2000, making him the first Filipino mayor to receive the award," the citation read.
The President also recalled one of Robredo's statements: "For this country to succeed, we need to make heroes of ordinary people. We need to make heroes of ourselves."
Robredo's wife, Leni, and 3 daughters received the award on his behalf.
Robredo will only be the fifth in history to receive the award. The others are: Presidents Ramon Magsaysay and Emilio Aguinaldo, Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., and Foreign Affairs Secretary Carlos Romulo.
The Quezon Service Cross is the highest recognition given by the Republic to an individual for exemplary service to the nation.
Only the President can nominate individuals for the medal, with the concurrence of Congress.