EULOGY OF PINOY IN HONOR OF JESSE ROBREDO

Eulogy of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philippines In honor of the late 
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Jesse M. Robredo


[Delivered at the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, Naga City, on August 28, 2012]


Bilang kawani ng gobyerno, tanggap na po dapat natin: Darating ang araw na bababa rin tayo sa puwesto—sa madaling salita, magreretiro. Ngayon pa lang po, nai-imagine ko nang magkikita-kita tayo sa isang restaurant nang may kani-kaniyang senior citizen card na nakasilid sa pitaka. Magkakainan tayo, magtatawanan, at pagkukuwentuhan kung ano ang mga pinagdaanan namin. Kung ano ang mga nagawa natin.


Hindi na po makakasama si Jesse sa mga kuwentuhang iyon. Hindi na po natin makakabiruan si Jesse tungkol sa pagkilatis sa mga manliligaw ng anak niya, at sa mga susunod pong taon, wala na rin siya para makipaglaro sa mga magiging apo niya.


Hindi madaling tanggapin ang biglaang pagkawala ni Jesse. Hindi po natin inasahan ang pangyayaring ito, ngunit sa kabila ng ating kaba at pagkabigla nang unang marinig ang balita, ginawa natin ang lahat ng ating magagawa upang mailigtas siya kung papalarin, at kung hindi man, upang mabigyan ng angkop at marangal na pagwawakas ang trahedyang sinapit natin. Habang humahaba po ang panahon, umasa tayo na isang minuto ay darating siya at sasabihing, “Pasensya na kayo, naabala ko kayong lahat sa tagal ng pagdating ko.”


Ngayon po, kaisa ako sa pagluluksa ng sambayanang napagkaitan ng isang tunay na lingkod-bayan. Kung mayroon pong Diyos na nagmamahal sa atin at bukal ng katarungan, sigurado akong kapiling na niya ngayon si Kalihim Jesse Robredo. Nawalan po ng asawa at ama ang kanyang pamilya; nawalan po ang bayan ng isang tapat at mahusay na pinuno. Nawalan po ako ng isang kapatid sa opisyal na pamilya sa Gabinete, ng kasangga sa mga ipinaglalaban, at ng kapartido. Nawalan po ako ng isang mabuting kaibigan.


Sino po ba si Jesse Robredo? Talaga pong huwarang lingkod-bayan si Jesse: nakatuon palagi sa kapwa at handang magsakripisyo. Sa lahat ng mga nakakausap ko, siya ang taong walang kapasepasensya sa bola. Kay Jesse, what you see is what you get. Tahimik at masipag siyang nagtatrabaho. Hindi siya nagpadala sa kapangyarihan. Sa kabila ng naabot niya, nanatiling simple ang kanyang pamumuhay, hindi nalalayo sa karaniwang taong napakalapit sa kanyang puso.


Si Jesse po ang tipo ng tao na batid ang kanyang mga kakayahan at limitasyon. Halimbawa po: sa kantahan. Kadalasan, kung may kasiyahan, kami-kami lang din ang nag-e-entertain sa sarili namin para makatipid. Si Jesse po, hahanap ng mga kasangga para may kasabay siyang kakanta ng chorus, at hindi na siya mag-i-individual performance. Pinakabuo ang kanyang ngiti kapag pasampa na siya sa entablado; tawa po siya nang tawa. Sa dami po ng mga talentadong nagkukumpol-kumpol, nakakapagtaka na halos wala kaming marinig sa mga boses nila bagama’t may mikroponong tangan o hawak.


Dalawa raw po sa paborito niyang kanta ay “My Way” at “Impossible Dream.” Tatak nga po siguro ito ng mga paniniwala niya. Hindi siya naging kuntento sa status quo; pinatunayan niya sa Naga na posible ang pagbabago. Posibleng madaig ang sistemang matagal nang nangingibabaw; posibleng madaig ang mga pulitikong napakatagal namayagpag at kinasangkapan ang pusisyon para sa pansariling interes. Trailblazer po si Jesse sa tuwid na daan. Pinatunayan niyang puwede palang magtagumpay sa pulitika nang hindi nagiging trapo.


Hindi po madali ang pagtahak sa landas na ito, lalo na noong nagsisimula pa lamang siya sa serbisyong pampubliko. Malawak at malalim ang mga pagbabagong inasam niya, at sinimulan niya ito ng hindi nakakatiyak kung may patutunguhan nga bang tagumpay. Katambal ng kanyang mga pangarap ang napakaraming mga praktikal na konsiderasyon, ngunit pinili niyang lumihis sa mga nakasanayang mga pormula sa pulitika. Alam po ito ng mga taong malapit sa kanya: mas pipiliin pa niyang makulong kaysa bumitaw sa mga causa na aming pinaniniwalaan. Nang nasa oposisyon po kami, hindi naman puwedeng suspendihin ganon lang ang mga nasa lehislatura, pero sa katulad niyang Mayor, laging nakabinbin ang banta ng pang-aapi o dineretso ngang inapi na. Mas marami at mas mabigat ang pagtatayang ginawa niya sa kanyang buhay pulitika. Ito pong isyu ukol sa kanyang citizenship, alam naman natin ang motibasyon. Pero hindi siya nagtanim ng galit sa mga nagsampa ng mga paulit-ulit na walang katuturang kasong ito.


Alam po natin ang katotohanan sa pulitika: may ibang nakangiti kapag kaharap mo, pero kung tumalikod ka, pakiramdam mo sasaksakin ka. Napahanga talaga ako ni Jesse, dahil miski ang nagpakita sa kanya ng di-kagandahang ugali, kaya niyang harapin nang walang bahid ng galit at pagkayamot.


Bukod sa mabait, matino, at mahusay si Jesse, mabilis din siyang umaksyon. Lahat, ASAP sa kanya; hindi niya ugaling patagalin sa mesa ang mga magagawa naman ngayon. Kung kayang simulan, sinisimulan agad niya. Naalala ko nga po, minsan may mga informal settler na kailangang ilipat, dahil nakatira sa danger zone sila kapag bumabaha. Nag-text po sa atin na nanghihingi ng tulong at saklolo; kinakabahan sila sa paglilipat, at nagtatanong kung may kabuhayan ba silang daratnan. Kinausap po sila ni Jesse. Matapos ang dalawang oras na meeting, ang mga SOS text, naging thank you text na po. Salamat Jesse!


Iba po talaga si Jesse. Kapag mayroon tayong matinding problemang kinakaharap, palagi naman pong nandiyan ang mga taong sumosuporta at magsasabing, “Nasa likod mo kami.” Pero si Jesse po, kabilang sa mga bibihirang tao na ang sasabihin, “Sir, ako na lang ang haharap, ako na lang ang pu-pronta.” Hindi po nasa likod. Talagang kasama sa pilosopiya niya sa buhay ang hindi maging pabigat sa kapwa; ang palaging mag-ambag ng pinakamalaki niyang maiaambag, o lagpas pa, para makahanap ng solusyon.


Kay Leni, at kina Aika, Tricia, at Jillian: Sa totoo lang, medyo nahihiya ako sa inyo. Kayo ang pamilya; sigurado akong pinakamabigat ang kalungkutang nararamdaman ninyo ngayon. Pero talagang pinapahanga n’yo kami, dahil kayo pa ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa amin, kayo pa ang nagbibitbit sa amin.


Leni, alam mo naman, hindi tayo masyadong nagkakakilala, dahil na rin pinilit ni Jesse na magkaroon siya palagi ng private time kasama ang kanyang pamilya. Alam ng Gabinete ito: Sa hirap ng aming mga pinagdadaanan, ang pinakagantimpala ko po sa kanila ay paminsan-minsan ang pagpapakain ng isang kaaya-ayang hapunan. Pero pag weekend ako nagyaya ng kainan, siguradong magpapaumanhin na si Jesse. Sagrado sa kanya ang oras kasama ang pamilya. Palagi siyang nagmamadaling makauwi sa Naga.


Hindi lang ang mag-anak na Robredo ang nawalan ng Padre de Familia. Pati ang buong DILG, ang mga nagtatrabaho sa field, ang lahat ng natulungan niya, ang buong Naga, parang nawalan ng ama. Kaya nga po bukod sa kalungkutan, matinding panghihinayang din ang nararamdaman ko ngayon. Ang dami niyang mga plano, at talagang kitang-kita na po ang direksyon ng mga reporma. Namuno siya sa pagpapa-totoo ng mga teorya sa pamamahala na pinag-uusapan lang sa mga libro. Ginawa po niya iyan sa Naga, at iyan din po ang nasimulan na niyang gawin sa pambansang antas. Kayo na po ang mamili– sa Bureau of Fire Protection, kung saan nakakuha siya ng mga fire trucks na mas mura pero mas maganda ang kaledad at mas marami ang kakayahan; sa BJMP; sa PNP; pati na ang mga informal settlers. Maraming mga lumang problema na, sa tulong ni Jesse, sa wakas, ay nakikitaan na natin ng solusyon. Sayang po talaga.


Ngunit wala naman sigurong magsasabing may kulang pa sa mga inambag ni Jesse. Dapat po yata, tayong mga nakinabang sa kanyang buhay at pagsusumikap, ang tumumbas sa kanyang mga nagawa, at mag-ambag naman ng parte natin.


Naalala ko pa po ang mga agam-agam namin nang biglaan ding pumanaw ang aking ama noong taong 1983. Marami po sa amin ang nagtanong: Paano na tayo? Sino ang magtutuloy? Parang ligaw na ligaw po kami; nawala ang aming pinuno.


Pero sabi nga po ng aking ina, “If cowardice is infectious, then bravery is all the more infectious.” Ang nag-iisa, dumami nang dumami hanggang nakamit na nga ng buong bayan ang pagbabago. Hindi mauubusan ng mga bayani ang lahing Pilipino. At kung si Jesse ay isa sa mga naging bunga ng sakripisyo ng aking ama, sigurado po akong may ibubunga ring mga bagong bayani ang pagpanaw ni Jesse.


Sa ipinapakitang pagpupugay at pagmamahal ng taumbayan ngayon, sigurado ako, may isang henerasyon na naman ng mga Pilipinong mabibigyang-inspirasyon, at mahihimok na maglingkod sa ngalan ni Jesse. Sila po ang magdadala ng katiyakan: Katiyakang makikita natin ang plano ng Diyos sa likod ng pagkawala ni Jesse. Katiyakang makukuha natin ang gantimpala ng katarungang nagbubukal sa pagmamahal ng Diyos: Na lahat ng kagandahan at kabutihang naidulot at naipunla ni Jesse, ay tunay at buong-buong mapipitas dahil sa dulot niyang inspirasyon.


Ang sabi po sa pangalawang liham ni Paul to Timothy, Chapter 4, Verses 6 to 7: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…” Angkop na angkop po ito kay Jesse; mission accomplished na siya sa mundong ito. Marapat lang na matamasa na niya ang mga gantimpala ng isang buo at mabuting buhay, sa piling ng Diyos Ama. Nasa hanay na po si Jesse ng mga bayaning sumusubaybay sa atin mula sa kalangitan, at nagbibigay-lakas sa atin upang ipagpatuloy ang kanilang mga mabuting gawain. Kaya’t huwag na po tayong lumuha. Sa halip, magpasalamat tayo. Sa maikling panahong narito siya sa mundo, tayo pa ang nabiyayaan ng pagkakataong makapiling si Jesse Manalastas Robredo. [Applause]


Paalam, Jesse. Sa ngalan ng sambayanan maraming, maraming salamat.

GOODBYE JESSE ROBREDO: Philippine Legion of Honor Award

Today, August 28, 2012, Tuesday, we will be saying our final goodbye to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo. He will be laid to his final resting place in his beloved Maogmang Lugar (happy place) – Naga City.
President Pnoy offered that Mayor Jesse be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery), but Jesse’s wife Atty. Leni turned it down because she knows that her husband won’t be happy about that.
It is hard for me to write about Mayor Jesse without ending up crying not only because I personally know the man but because he is so sayang. He could have been a good president. He led by example. He led without fanfare. He was also a fellow Tsinoy.  Robredo is an adopted name. His real surname is Lim. His dad is pure Chinese. Jesse is a Chinese mestizo but proud of his heritage. He visited his lineage in the village of Fujian province way back in 2004. His heart and soul is pure Filipino. He served as mayor in Naga City for 19 years.

A shovel in his hand, barefoot and working to empty the paths full of thick mud due to a recent  typhoon. Just like an ordinary laborer, he worked together with everyone else. Who would have thought that the guy is the Mayor of Naga City?
I often bumped into him in purontong shorts and slippers without any bodyguard. He walked in the streets of Naga and visited his constituents without the wangwang (siren) or Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). He treated everyone with respect and dignity. He never ever maligned anyone.
Maybe a lot of you do not know that Jesse Robredo is Dela Salle University/ Harvard-educated. Despite his achievements, he remained in the background. Never imposing. He was offered a job by the World bank at the same time that he was offered the DILG position. He chose to serve instead to the Filipino people than gain financial wealth for himself and his family. Yes, he chose to served YOU!

He is an extra ordinary Father and husband. Leni quips “He was always working so hard, but at the same time, always rushing home to be with his family”
His daughter Tricia recalled that whenever he is angry, (hey, he is still human:-P) he would bite his nails rather than say a bad word that might hurt other people.
He would tutor and create sample math problems for Jillian over the phone while in the middle of a meeting.
In parties, baptism, wedding or birthday he preferred to eat at the garage together with other people. He didn’t want to be treated as a Very Important Person (VIP).
He also introduced to the youth the Summer internship program. Yes, Nagueño youth was given a chance by Mayor Jesse to experience public governance every summer vacation.
He remained humble and a true Filipino in the real sense of the word, always ready to help, with or without cameras. 
The extraordinary greatness of Jesse Robredo lies in the fact that he showed extraordinary good behavior, good governance and good habits that many of our leaders no longer seem to have or never had. He served the Filipino people silently without the fanfare. He showed us that an ordinary promdi (slang for ‘from the province’) is capable of providing excellent public service.

You are truly a loss not only to Nagueño but to all Filipino people, Mayor Jesse Robredo.  Your Legacy of Hard Work and Dedication to work for the service of Filipino will forever remain in our hearts and minds.

With Mayor Jesse, what you see is what you get. He worked silently and never used his position to get financial gain.

It might take another 100 years for another Jesse Robredo to come in our midst. Jesse Robredo is a tough act to follow.
President Benigno C. Aquino will be conferring the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Chief Commander on Secretary Jesse M. Robredo (posthumous) today, Tuesday, August 28, 2012, the same day as the State Funeral for the late Secretary. The medal was made by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines), the official manufacturer of State awards.
The Philippine Legion of Honor is considered the highest award the President can bestow without the need for approval of Congress.

President  Aquino will lead the state funeral, which includes full military honors, and deliver a eulogy for Robredo after this morning’s funeral Mass at Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.


Yesterday, August 27, 2012, during the observance of National Heroes’ Day , President Aquino honored Robredo, calling him a “true and a good leader” who “heroically” chose service over transactional politics.

“Tomorrow we’re bringing a true and a good leader, Secretary Jesse Robredo, to his final resting place,” the President said in a speech at Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“He heroically chose a simple lifestyle and focused on the welfare of others before himself, and put his principles above transactionalism,” quips Pres. Aquino.

The schedule includes final public viewing, the Legion of Honor ceremony and the state funeral.

The final public viewing starts after midnight on Monday and ends at

8 a.m. today, to be followed by the concelebrated requiem Mass at 10 a.m. 

 
Namumundo ako pero at the same time nauugma ta nakakamiaw bako lang ang Pilipino kungdi ang kinaban na may sarong extraordinaryong promding lider sa hinalian ming banwaan.
Goodbye, Mayor Pogi, we will miss you and your tsinelas (slippers) leadership. 
“Pogi,” is a Filipino word that means “handsome”. It is the nickname of Jesse Robredo in Naga City, where he served as mayor for 19 years.
Mabalos (thank you), Mayor Jesse.

Stackers Burger Café: Original Baked Chicken Goodness

Stackers Burger Café: Original Baked Chicken Goodness
It’s the first time that I’ve heard about a baked chicken that looks like fried chicken. It is an innovation in Chicken technology unique to Stackers Burger Café. I find the baked chicken soft on the inside but a little bit salty on my first bite. But when I ate rice together with the baked chicken, it blended well and tasted just right.

 

Its baked goodness is 80% less greasy than your ordinary fried chicken. I hope they’ll come up with spicy baked chicken real soon. Three pieces Baked Chicken cost Php 205.00

The very accommodating president and CEO of IFoods Inc.Mr. Bryan Tiu, who is at the helm also of other homegrown brands like Tokyo Café, Peri-Peri Chicken and Kogi Bulgogi ordered for me one of Stackers Burger Café best sellers- the buffalo wings Php 265 for 6 pieces. I ate a small piece and all I can say is wow! The chicken is so soft and tender. 
 I also took a teeny weeny bite of their house burger Php 170.00
The burger is unexpectedly soft, juicy, and creamy in my mouth. The semi-sweet bun was a great complement to the salty patty, which was lubricated by tomato, American cheese, onion bits, mayo and the very flavorful Stackers original sauce to make it easier to swallow complete with fresh lettuce.
Stackers Burger Café are all about three things : 
  1. A tasty BUN
  2. Juicy 100% Australian Beef
  3. and a complementing signature SAUCE of your choice. 

That’s their frame, their canvass for a simply Auss’m burger. 

 Crispy chips cost Php 55.00 are big cut crispy fries loaded with carbs that fill you up in a jiff.

This is Stackers Burger Café Creamy Carbonara Php 98.00. Taste just right. This spaghetti pasta consists of delicious creamy garlic carbonara sauce with sliced mushrooms and Bacon bits. I have to note that the spaghetti noodles are cooked to perfection. Definitely a must-try.

 
Iced Chocolano Php 120
I love this drink! Chocolate Php 95.00
A waiter took my order at my table instead of me lining up at the counter. This is cool, making you feel you are in a fine dining resto than a fast food. Yeah. definitely one of the things I like at Stackers Burger Café. Another plus is that they don’t have any service charge.

And I think it is cool to mention that they have a FREE WI-FI 24/7. Just asked for the password from their staff.
The author together with Mr. Bryan Tiu.

They offer a wide variety of choices on their menu.

Stackers Burger Café has a centralized delivery system. Just call Telephone #709-9999 for your orders or log in and order online at www.citydelivery.ph
Stackers Burger Café is open 24/7.
So here is a question you should ask your loved ones and friends-

Have you tried the latest innovation on chicken?

Stackers Burger Café proudly presents its Original Baked Chicken Goodness available in all their branches.
Stackers Burger Café Branches:
  1. 4th Flr., Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila , Domestic Airport, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines Phone#:(632) 659-8271, (632) 659-8287
  2. Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
    Phone#:(632) 659-8271, (632) 659-8287
  3. Eastwood City Walk
    G/F Eastwood City Walk, E Rodriguez Ave Bagumbayan, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Phone# (02) 709-2134
  4. Metrowalk, Meralco Avenue,  Ugong, Pasig,Metro Manila, Philippines Phone# (02) 451-1331
  5.  Promenade Mall in Greenhills.
  6.  Alabang Town Center, Alabang Zapote Road Alabang, Muntinlupa.

SHUTTER PLAY: PHOTOGRAPHY FOR KIDS

SHUTTER PLAY PHOTOGRAPHY FOR KIDS

When:  September 1, 3-6PM

Where: Mindanao Lobby

Shutter Play for Kids: Registration Mechanics:

For the PUBLIC

  1. The workshop is open to kids/teens ages 10-16 years old only. A parent or legal guardian should register in behalf of the participant.
  2. To register for the workshop, present a minimum of P1,000 single purchase receipt from any TriNoma outlet excluding bills payment, Landmark Supermarket and Department store from August 27-31, 2012.
  3. Only twenty (20) slots are available to the public for the workshop.
  4. Present/exchange your receipt/s at Level 1 Concierge (near Activity Center) from 10am to 9pm only. Workshop passes may be claimed from August 27-31, 2012.  Only one (1) entry pass may be redeemed by every customer.
  5. TriNoma reserves the right to validate receipts. Receipts that are defaced, crumpled, tampered, photocopied and smaller than the actual size will not be honored.

For A CARDHOLDERS

  1. The workshop is open to kids/teens ages 10-16 years old only. A parent or legal guardian with an A Card membership should register in behalf of the participant.
  2. Only the FIRST THREE (3) AYALA MALLS A CARDHOLDERS will be accommodated for this event. Each cardholder is entitled to one (1) workshop pass only.
  3. To register, please call the TriNoma A Card hotline at 901-3000, starting August 25 at 10am.
  4. Strictly one reservation shall be accepted per phone call. Each cardholder is required to leave his or her name, Ayala Malls A Card number and mobile number when making a reservation. A confirmation text shall be sent to the cardholder to confirm reservation.
  5. Workshop passes may be claimed starting on August 26, 10am at the A Card Concierge located at the Activity Center. Please present your Ayala Malls A Card and the confirmation text when claiming your workshop pass. The presentation of BOTH the A Card and confirmation text when claiming shall be strictly implemented.

For inquiries, please call our Concierge Hotline at 901-3000.

For VIPINOY MEMBERS

  1. The workshop is open to kids/teens ages 10-16 years old only. A parent or legal guardian with a VIPinoy membership should register in behalf of the participant.
  2. Only the FIRST THREE (3) VIPINOY CARDHOLDERS will be accommodated for this event. Each cardholder is entitled to one (1) workshop pass only.
  3. To register, please call the TriNoma VIPinoy Lounge hotline at 720-9154, starting August 25 at 10am.
  4. Strictly one reservation shall be accepted per phone call. Each cardholder is required to leave his or her name, VIPinoy card number and mobile number when making a reservation. A confirmation text shall be sent to the cardholder to confirm reservation.
  5. Workshop passes may be claimed starting on August 26, 10am at the TriNoma VIPinoy Lounge. Please present your VIPinoy card and the confirmation text when claiming your workshop pass. The presentation of BOTH the VIPinoy card and confirmation text when claiming shall be strictly implemented.

For inquiries, please call our VIPinoy Lounge hotline at 720-9154.

Registered participants are required to bring the following to the workshop:

  • Either a point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR camera
  • Three colorful items with unique shape or texture (e.g. toys, assorted candies, etc.)

 

THE MISTRESS FULL TRAILER: Starring Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz

THE MISTRESS FULL TRAILER: Starring Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz
Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz’s love team is now on its 10th year.  A good news to their fans: Star Cinema marks their 10th anniversary via ‘The Mistress,’ the onscreen couple’s first-ever mature film which will be shown on theaters nationwide on September 12, 2012.
The Mistress is an extra-ordinary love story between Sari Alfonso (Bea) and JD Torres (John Lloyd).  They met in an unexpected circumstance. If you’re JD what will you do when the only woman who captured your heart is committed to a married man?

I am not paid to post this. I am just excited to watch this movie! I hope Star Cinema invites us.

JESSE ROBREDO’S WAKE: SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC VIEWING IN MALACANANG

JESSE ROBREDO’S WAKE: SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC VIEWING IN MALACANANG

Malacanang will hold a public viewing for Hon. Sec. Jesse Robredo at Kalayaan Hall :

Friday night, August 24, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Sunday morning, August 26, 2012  Robredo’s remains will be brought back to Naga City, his hometown. He will then be laid to rest on Tuesday,  August 28, 2012.

Tribute To Jesse Robredo

Everyone is invited to pay tribute to the exemplary life and work of Secretary Robredo through your testimonials and remembrances.
People are encouraged to use the unified hashtag #salamatjesse for their Twitter messages. Malacanang also invite all those who wish to share their thoughts, memories, and messages of sympathy for the Robredo family to please visit www.gov.ph/salamatjesse 
Photo source: Inquirer

JESS ROBREDO UPDATE: PNoy orders State Funeral and 6-Days of National Mourning for Jesse.

JESS ROBREDO UPDATE: PNoy orders State Funeral and 6-Days of National Mourning for Jesse.
Jesse Robredo does his job quietly but surely. He always lay low. Always humble. There was never an incident that he throws his weight around.
Because of his untarnished records, exceptional public service, Jesse will be given Full state honors. The highest to be accorded to a worthy son of the Republic of the Philippines.
For six days, beginning Wednesday, all government buildings and installations around the country were enjoined to lower the national flag to half-staff in compliance with the President’s proclamation declaring national days of mourning for Robredo from August 21 until his interment.
The body of the late interior secretary will lie in state in Malacañang from Friday to Sunday as part of state funeral preparations, but officials have yet to decide whether this will be open to the public.
The military, police and the Presidential Security Group will accord Robredo official honors, culminating in a gun salute at his interment on Tuesday in his hometown in Naga City, according to  Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III.
“The state funeral is the highest possible kind of a funeral that a republic can give. Whether you are a medal of valor winner or a president, the essential elements are the same. There would only be minor differences based on your rank and that’s in the number of guns in the gun salute,” Quezon said.
A state funeral is accorded to a President, Senate President, House Speaker, a national artist or a medal of valor awardee, or anybody that the President deems “worthy,” he said.
Military honors
According to Quezon, full honors for Robredo will include the following:
  • On Friday morning, the Philippine National Police will escort Robredo’s body from Archbishop’s Palace in Naga City to Naga Airport, and will render departure honors.
  • At the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines will render arrival honors.
  • From the air base, the PSG will escort the body, and will render honors upon arrival in Malacañang, including a gun salute.
  • The body will lie in state in Malacañang.
  • On Sunday morning, the PSG will render departure honors, and escort the body back to Villamor Air Base.
  • At the air base, the AFP will render plane side and battalion honors.
  • The AFP will then again perform arrival honors at Naga Airport.
  • From the airport, the body will be escorted by the PNP to Naga City Hall.
More honors
The interment is set for Tuesday. And since, it’s a state funeral, the following honors will be provided:
  • An escort battalion.
  • A funeral cortege with the participation of the uniformed services.
  • Arrival honors at place of interment.
  • Gun salute.
  • Playing of taps.
  • Turnover of the national flag that covered the coffin to his widow.
A book of condolences in Philippine consulates and embassies will be opened according to Malacanang.
Family accepts
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Robredo’s family had accepted the rare honor.
Malacañang announced the state funeral for the 54-year-old Robredo, whose body was  retrieved on Tuesday morning from the wreckage of a four-seater light plane that crashed while attempting an emergency landing at Masbate Airport. Robredo was en route home from Cebu City, where he had delivered a speech on behalf of President Aquino.
Robredo’s remains will be flown from Naga to Manila on Friday morning, and the wake will be held in Malacañang until the body is flown back to Naga on Sunday morning. 
Robredo’s wake in Malacanang will be most probably be held at Heroes Hall but details are not finalized yet by the committee on funeral arrangements and burial.
To date they are still undecided whether the wake would be open to the public or not. They however ruled out bringing Robredo’s body to his office at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at his family’s request.

Traditionally, wakes for presidents were held in Malacañang, but exceptions were made for some members of the official family, according to Quezon. Wakes for the country’s leaders were held in Rizal Hall, while those for the rest were done in Heroes’ Hall, he said.
The last time the Palace had a president lying in state was when former President Diosdado Macapagal passed away in April 1997. The remains of the late Press Secretary Cerge Remonde were also brought to Malacañang in January 2010. 
Everyone is invited to pay tribute to the exemplary life and work of Secretary Robredo through your testimonials and remembrances.
People are encouraged to use the unified hashtag #salamatjesse for their Twitter messages. Malacanang also invite all those who wish to share their thoughts, memories, and messages of sympathy for the Robredo family to please visit www.gov.ph/salamatjesse