By Francine Ciasico
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Saturday paid tribute to the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo on the day of his death anniversary by saying he was a “great person” who empowered people through good governance.
“What a good person. What a great person,” the Liberal Party president wrote in a social media post.
“He started his life in public service as mayor of Naga City, the “maongmang lugar” or happy place that collected countless international and local awards for peace and order and development that the city and its residents and visitors continue to enjoy,” Pangilinan shared.
“When he became secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, he applied and even expanded what he learned in people empowerment and good governance,” he continued.
“The engagements between his office and civil society groups, people’s organizations, and various government agencies resulted in the Naga City People’s Council and the on-site, in-city housing — just two of his legacies, living proof of his goodness and greatness,” the senator expressed.
“He showed that putting our trust on an enlightened citizenry is the true path to development and transformation. In these challenging times, we will use his proven principle that bold and honest people, mobilized in their vast numbers, will save our nation,” he added.
“Jesse, you are terribly missed,” Pangilinan concluded his statement.
Jesse Robredo died in a helicopter crash off Masbate on August 18, 2012.