By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo opted to remain in Quezon City and oversee her office’s relief work during the moderate enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
Robredo said she will not be able to go home to Naga City tomorrow, May 27, to commemorate the 62nd birth anniversary celebration of her late husband, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
“Ito lang yata iyong birthday niya na hindi ako makakauwi sa Naga kasi bawal pa (This could be his only birthday that I won’t be going home in Naga City because public transport is not yet allowed),” she said on her radio show.
The vice president often takes a bus on her visits to her hometown, but public transportation remains suspended even as quarantine measures have eased under the MECQ.
Robredo has not returned to her home in more than two months since the ECQ took effect in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Robredo said she would instead continue her office’s relief work for those affected by the outbreak.
“Kapag umuwi ako doon, kailangan mag-quarantine ako ng 14 days. Hindi ko ma-afford iyon kasi ang daming trabaho dito sa Maynila (When I go home, I need to undergo quarantine for 14 days. I can’t afford to do that because I have a lot of work here in Manila),” she said.
The Vice President then apologized to her fellow Nagueños that she will not be able to commemorate with them the birthday of Jesse, the city’s longtime mayor.
Father Primitivo Viray Jr. will preside an online mass dedicated to Jesse at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. This will be aired via Jesse M. Robredo Foundation’s Facebook page.
Jesse died in a plane crash off Masbate in August 2012. He left behind his wife and their three daughters—Aika, Tricia, and Jillian.