3 values that Jesse Robredo exemplified

Posted at Aug 27 2012 11:33 AM | Updated as of Aug 27 2012 07:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Budget Secretary Butch Abad on Monday cited three values that the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo exemplified in his life.

Abad said Robredo remained a family man even though he was holding one of the highest positions in the President's Cabinet.

"We knew for a fact even if we have Cabinet get-togethers pero tumama ng Sabado, most likely Jesse would prefer flying to Naga than be with the Cabinet celebration. That's the extent to which he committed himself. In fact sabi nga ni Leni (his wife) at least during the course of a day, they would exchange 20-30 text messages," Abad told ANC.

"That is why when you look at the wife Leni, she is just an affirmed wife and the children look every inch loved by their parents," he added.

The second value that Robredo exemplified was his his humility and modesty. Abad said Robredo still took a bus when he was traveling to Naga City.

He said Cabinet members were surprised that Robredo lived in a simple home. "To think that this is a person who served as city mayor for 18 years," he said.

He noted that Robredo also rented a condo unit on Tomas Morato, which he shared with his 2 daughters.

Finally, he said the late DILG chief was always approachable and could talk to anyone including his political enemies.

"Maski na sino kakausapin niya even people who despised him, including his political opponents.
He would approach every meting and conversation with openness and sincerity so that even people that he had to fire or discipline would have no acrimony. They would just accept it because they understood that there was nothing personal," he said.

ANC Headstart, August 27, 2012