‘He never left us’ – VP remembers late husband Jesse

Published August 18, 2020, 2:52 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo waxed nostalgic Tuesday as she marked the 8th death anniversary of her late husband, former Interior secretary Jesse Robredo, by posting on her social media accounts a throwback photo of them together. 

(Photo courtesy of VP Leni Robredo / MANILA BULLETIN)

She wrote, “8 years. And it feels like he never left us.”

The vice president said this is the first year she and their children,  Aika, Tricia, and Jillian,  were not able to come home to Naga City to attend commemoration activities for her late husband.

Prior, Robredo also shared some inspiring quotes she attributed to Jesse: “Hope; it is our unyielding belief that after the trials that test us, things will always become better.”

Jesse, a longtime Naga mayor, died in a plane crash off Masbate in 2012.

Known for his “tsinelas” leadership, his legacy continues to live on in his hometown of Naga City, where he empowered the people to achieve good governance.

Jillian also marked his death anniversary sharing stories about his life and leadership online. She also posted photos with him on Instagram.

“Love you always, my angel,” Jillian, Robredo’s youngest daughter, said in a post. “Miss you and your smile every single day.”

Like her mother, Aika continues to hold on to her connection with Jesse. She said her father’s death anniversary was like a “homecoming” to them.

“Home has always been where Papa is, and this is the part where I remind myself that he has never left us. There is no Jessica (Aika’s real name) without Jesse. He continues to live in all of us,” she said.