By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo remains grateful to the people of Naga City who continue to visit the grave of her late husband and former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo almost eight years after his death.
Naguenos paid tribute to Jesse, the city’s longtime mayor, during his 62th birth anniversary at the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park in Naga City.
Jesse was born on May 27, 1958 in Naga City where he served as mayor for almost two decades prior to his death in August, 2012.
The vice president was not able attend the Wednesday’s commemoration.
She posted on her Facebook page on the eve of his birthday: “Nag-iisang tiyak sa sanlibong duda Maligayang Kaarawan (The only one I’m sure of in a thousand of doubts, Happy Birthday)” with an emoticon of a heart.
In a previous post, Robredo said she won’t be able to join her fellow Naguenos to celebrate Jesse’s birthday since the enhanced community quarantine is still in effect.
Robredo often takes a bus when she visits her hometown, but the continued suspension of public transport left her no choice but to stay in Manila.
”Because of the ECQ, this is the first time that we will not be able to commemorate it in Naga,” she said.
Jesse left a legacy that continues to live on in Naga City where he empowered the people to achieve good governance.
Known for his “tsinelas leadership,” he addressed his constituents directly and empowered them to take part in the local government’s policy-making processes when he was still mayor.
Jesse died in a plash crash off Masbate when he was the interior secretary of the Aquino administration. He left behind his wife and their three daughters—Aika, Tricia, and Jillian.
The Robredo sisters also recalled their fond memories of their father by sharing photos in their Instragram accounts.
“Quarantined-inspired hairstyles 30 years ago—long hair for him, uneven bangs for me. We were ahead of our time? Papa would’ve been 62 today. Happy Birthday to life’s greatest,” Aika wrote in a post.
“62 today. Happy Birthday to my main man,” Jillian, Robredo’s youngest daughter, greeted her late father.