TACLOBAN CITY – Officials in Eastern Visayas joins the entire Philippines in grieving for the demise of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo who died of plane crash recently.
In a statement, DILG-8 director Pedro A. Noval Jr., said the entire DILG family in the region is now grieving for the untimely death of their boss which they considered a big loss to their cause of good governance campaign.
Director Noval said the regional office, among other government offices in the region, offered a concelebrated mass for Sec. Robredo and his two pilot-companions. As directed by President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, the nation’s government offices also flew its flag at half-mast in respect for the late Secretary.
The concelebrated mass, which was held around 8 o’clock in the morning of August 24 at Sto. Nino Church in Tacloban City officiated by Rev. Fr. Isagani Petilos, was attended by top government officials in the region, including ordinary civilians, all followers of Robredo.
The mass was intended in observance of the national days of mourning proclaimed by Aquino which started on August 21 until Robredo’s interment day.
To recall, a Piper Seneca plane that carried Sec. Robredo, his aide Senior Inspector June Paolo Abrazado, Capt. Jessup Bahinting and his co-pilot Nepalese Kshitiz Chand crashed at sea around 500 meters away from Masbate airport. The aide survived while Robredo and the two pilots died and was recovered three days after.
Sec. Robredo was remembered by his friends, relatives and co-workers in the government as an ideal family man, epitome of public service and a dedicated public servant. (Ricky J. Bautista)