MANILA, Philippines – The youngest daughter of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo may soon be taking a page from the country's Queen of All Media Kris Aquino.
Patricia Robredo, the middle child of Robredo and wife Lenie, joked that it is her youngest sister Jillian's dream to become an actress.
"Si Jillian gustong mag-artista. Pagkatapos namin malaman na patay na si papa, ang sabi niya kay mama, 'Ma, ilang taon si Kris nang mamatay si Ninoy?' Baka raw puwede siyang maging Kris Aquino paglaki niya," Patricia said, triggering laughter among those present in the necrological services.
During the service, Patricia described how much her father loved to surprise the family.
"Si papa mahilig i-surprise si mama. Sasabihin niya halimbawa na uuwi siya sa Sabado, sasakay ng eroplano sa hapon. Pero ang totoo, sasabay siya sa amin ni ate sa bus Friday nang gabi," Patricia said in Bicolano.
"Labs na labs talaga kami ni papa. Pero maski sobra-sobra na, meron pa rin siyang space sa puso niya para sa inyong lahat," she added, referring to her father's colleagues and constituents as Naga City's former mayor.
Patricia promised her father that she and her sisters Aika and Jillian will find boyfriends that are as kind and as good-looking as him.
She also extended her family's gratitude to those who have been supporting them.
"Siguro kung buhay siya at ginagawa n'yo yan, siguro kakantyawan namin siya, 'Grabe ka, ang mukha mo nasa t-shirt na ng mga tao.' Siguro ngayon kinikilig na si Pogi, pinapanood niya tayo sa langit," she said.
Robredo's second eldest daughter said she is thankful that she had a loving father. She admitted that she is still in the process of understanding the untimely death of the secretary.
"Maybe you were ready to die, but we weren't ready to lose you. Although I don't understand why you had to leave so soon, I'm still very grateful to have been raised and to have been loved by you," she said.
Robredo's remains are scheduled to be transferred today from the Naga City Hall to the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.
The public viewing at the basilica will start after the arrival honors are given by the Philippine National Police.
A mass will be held with Archbishop Leonardo Zamora Legaspi as the main celebrant at 5 p.m.
The public viewing will resume after the mass and end at 12 a.m.
Robredo's interment is scheduled tomorrow. His remains will be cremated.