Thank you very much, Sir
Despite your passing, you’re still giving
Like countless other Filipinos, when we first heard of the plane crash, we prayed for the safe return of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and pilots Captain Jessup Bahinting and Kshitiz Chand.
And like countless other Filipinos, when it was confirmed that the three had perished in the accident, we mourned.
We’re still mourning.
The past days have given us a chance to get to know Sec. Robredo, thanks to the memories of those who were lucky enough to have met this remarkable man. With every story that told of his kindness, generosity and consistency, we mourned not only the loss of a man but of the future our country could have had he lived.
There are many lessons to be learned from the way he lived his life. The way he put his family first, how he still found the time to tutor his daughters and juggle the demands of being a mayor and, later on, the DILG secretary. How respectful he was—his first-grade homeroom teacher marvels at the fact that he still called her “Ma’am.” How, despite his authority, menial tasks were not beneath him. His humility. How approachable he was. How power never changed him. How simply he lived. How greatly he loved.
The example he set leaves us wanting to follow in his footsteps—not politically, but in serving those around us. Sec. Robredo may have passed away, but he’s still giving.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94