MANILA - A foundation named after late interior secretary Jesse Robredo launched Thursday awards for local chief executives who embody his style of leadership.
Robredo's widow, Vice President Leni Robredo, led the launch of the "Gawad Jesse M. Robredo" award that would be given to 3 to 5 mayors yearly.
"Gusto natin ipakita na ang pulitika hindi naman masama in itself. Ang pulitika pwede mong gamitin para sa kabutihan at ang example ni Jesse it can happen, it can be done,” Robredo said.
(We want to show that politics in itself is not bad, politics can be used for good and Jesse's example showed it can happen. It can be done.)
“We hope that we all live out what it means to be matino, mahusay and may puso (sensible, excellent and have a heart),” added the Vice President's eldest daughter Aika, who chairs the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation.
Sunday will mark 7 years since the plane crash that killed Jesse Robredo, a former mayor of Naga City who was known for wearing slippers, which his supporters interpreted as a sign of humility and accessibility to the people.
The Gawad Jesse M. Robredo was launched in collaboration with Galing Pook Foundation, the De La Salle University and Kaya Natin Movement.