NAGA City -- Wanted: another Jesse Robredo.
The Team PNoy candidates vowed to follow the good governance and honesty of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
During the Team PNoy campaign sortie here in Camarines Sur with President Benigno Aquino, campaign manager Franklin Drilon appealed to the candidates, national or local, to “emulate Robredo, and put service to the people and country above personal interests.”
Team PNoy and President Aquino dedicated their sortie to Robredo who had served faithfully as mayor for 19 years, setting aside personal gains and partisan politics. He died in a plane crash.
“I challenge our senatorial candidates, whether from Team PNoy or the other parties, to embody the brand of public service that defined Secretary Jesse Robredo’s leadership. It is the ideal to which all must aspire,” Drilon said.
“Robredo was one of the finest examples of Liberal Party politicians and public servants who embodied anti-elitist politics, by categorically shunning trappings of power. He instead chose to wear tsinelas, remained simple while in power, and epitomized grassroots empowerment through genuine servant leadership,” he said.
Before the program proper at the Naga City gymnasium, President Aquino and other Cabinet members led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jesse M. Robredo museum and monument.
Robredo’s widow, lawyer Leni Robredo who is seeking a congressional seat, was also present.
The museum is envisioned to reflect the values and characteristics that Robredo was known for: simple, practical, efficient and effective.
Aquino said that Robredo would surely “blush” in the way that he is being honored. Robredo was not used to being in the spotlight.
The President said that the monument and museum will surely inspire a new generation of Filipinos to work for change.
“Sa araw na ito, muli nating ipinamalas ang kahandaan ng Pilipinong ihakbang pasulong ang mga pagbabagong sinimulan ni Jesse tungo sa isang mas progresibong lipunan,” Aquino said in his speech.
Almost all Team PNoy candidates and their representatives were present in the Bicol sortie that began yesterday in Daet and Naga.
Those present are Sen. Francis Escudero, former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, Bam Aquino, Grace Poe, former Sens. Jun Magsaysay and Jamby Madrigal and Risa Hontiveros.
On the other hand, Sen. Loren Legarda was represented by her son Leandro, Aurora Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara had his mother Gloria as proxy, Sen. Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel also sent their representatives.
Only Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano was absent and did not send a proxy.
Jester P. Manalastas, EMontano