Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo Found Dead

Jesse Manalastas Robredo † (May 27, 1958 – August 18, 2012)



Lasy Saturday, August 18,  Sec. Robredo's came from Mactan, Cebu and was rushing to Naga City to attend an awarding ceremony for his daughter, Jillian, when the plane carrying him encountered trouble.

The Piper plane carrying Sec. Robredo, his aide, Jun Abrasado, and two pilots crashed 150 meters away from Masbate airport around 4:30 p.m. Saturday as it attempted to make an emergency landing due to engine trouble. 

Jun Abrazado, survived the crash and was rescued from the site on the same day.

Earlier today, August 21, after 3 days of non-stop rescue operation for Sec. Rebredo and the two pilots, reports have confirmed it, the body of Secretary Jesse Robredo was found dead. Transport and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas II said. "At 8:15 a.m. kumpirmadong ang isa sa mga katawan ay kay Sec, Robredo,"

Divers found the plane's fuselage around 7:30 a.m. Robredo's body was found inside the fuselage at 7:45 a.m. His body was brought to shore at 8:40 a.m.



Sec. Robredo's body was found 800 meters off Masbate at 180 feet deep. Robredo's wife was personally informed by President Aquino himself.

Robredo is survived by his wife, Atty. Maria Leonor Gerona-Robredo, and his three children, Aika, Patricia and Jillian Therese.

Sec. Robredo, 54 year old, was appointed by President Aquino as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government on July 9, 2010. He finished his undergraduate at the De La Salle University with a degree on Industrial Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. And finished his Masters in Business Administration at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman before taking up Public Administration at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sec. Jesse Robredo's achievements are as follows:

2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service (known to be Asia's version of the Nobel Prize) for his good governance, the first Filipino mayor so honored;

1998 Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence as Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines, Junior Chamber International (JCI);

1994 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) Honoree, Junior Chamber of the Philippines (JCI-Philippines);

1990 The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM), and the first ever "Dangal ng Bayan" Award of the Civil Service Commission.

ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HIM, O LORD, AND LET YOUR PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM

Philippines has lost another great man...

-shaw

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