(Photo from Secretary Robredo’s Facebook page. He is shown here with his wife Lenny)
We’re saying a prayer today for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, one of the outstanding men in President Aquino’s Cabinet, whose body was recovered today after three days of intense search and rescue operations off the coast of Masbate. The Piper Seneca light plane carrying him crashed last Saturday, August 18, while attempting to make an emergency landing at the Masbate Airport due to engine failure. Robredo was on his way back to Naga City to be with his family after finishing a speaking engagement in Cebu.
Prayers and support for Robredo have been overflowing in the past few days, particularly as many people thought of him as one of the few good, outstanding men in the Aquino government. Ironically, up to his death, he was not confirmed by the Commission on Appointments, even though he was appointed last July 9, 2010 yet – one of the last to be named by PNoy to his Cabinet. It’s believed that the Interior & Local Government is one of the coveted posts in the Cabinet – even Vice President Jejomar Binay signified his intention to head it at the start.
Jesse Robredo biography
Robredo was distinguished throughout his career as a politician and public servant. He was the recipient of the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service and the 1998 Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence as Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines. An alumni of both Ateneo de Naga and De La Salle University, he also graduated from the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he obtained his Master’s in Public Administration.
On another note, it is high time that the government impose security measures on transportation arranged for official travel, specifically of its top officials. It will be recalled that in 2009, a chopper crash claimed the lives of then Appointments Secretary of President Arroyo Malou Frostrom and Press Undersecretary Jose Capadocia. These persons would have avoided their fate if stricter screening of planes and weather conditions was imposed. Do read my previous post about counterfeit plane parts, fake pilot licenses and other ills plaguing RP aviation industry