MANILA (UPDATE) —It was a family reunion of sorts when the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo was mentioned in an economics textbook being used by his daughter, Jillian.
On Wednesday, Vice-President Leni Robredo shared on Facebook that her husband's policy as mayor of Naga City in Camarines Sur was mentioned in their youngest daughter's textbook.
"This morning, when I woke up, I saw Jillian’s messages in our family thread. She is back in school thousands of miles away. The text is too small but she was telling us that her Papa was mentioned in her Development Economics textbook," the Vice President wrote.
In the screen grab that she posted, Jillian, currently studying at New York University on a scholarship, was telling her family that it was her classmate who told her about it.
The text talked about Robredo's policy of participatory governance during his term as mayor. The late official held the post from 1988 until 1998, and again from 2001 until 2010.
"Again it reminded me this morning about Jesse’s legacy to us -a good name and the lesson that good governance and good politics are possible," the Vice President wrote.
Jesse Robredo, who served as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government from 2010 until his death in 2012, was a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia's highest honor dubbed as the region's counterpart to the Nobel Prize.
He was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000 for "giving credence to the promise of democracy by demonstrating that effective city management is compatible with yielding power to the people.”
FROM THE ARCHIVES