Remembering Sec. Robredo


(The author is founder Rock Ed Philippines.)

Candles for Sec. Robredo in Quezon City

Once in 2010, I had a one-on-one with Sec. Robredo when I bumped into him on a domestic flight. About a week later, I interviewed him on ANC. I observed that his demeanor was exactly the same. Whether it was en solo while waiting for a delayed flight or on national TV with the lights on his face—his manner was the same. He had no airs about him, which is, I think, where he gets his command. For someone in his high position, he always replied to text messages. If he couldn’t, he’d call to say he’d reply later. I often texted him during relief operations to ask for LGU contact numbers, and once I asked him to just give me a staff member’s name, but he said there was no need for that since it was okay to just text him straight.

I’m not sure why these are the only things that come to mind right now. I guess these are the concrete things I’ll hold on to when remembering Sec. Robredo. That he was a very consistent person, accessible, and he always replied. I’m not sure if our country can afford this loss; it’s like we overdrew. I know “it goes on and we’ll pick up” eventually, but for today I’ll just pause and mourn the loss of Sec. Robredo. Maraming magbabago, condolence sa ating lahat.

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  • Lolo Mo

    I will remember Robredo as the guy who told the local government to rid their areas of informal settlers. He he he. He treats the poor Filipinos like a pest. Better for the dog, they have more rights than the poor Filipinos.

    Then again, he encourage the Local Government to create their own source of income. This is a no-no. People have paid their National Taxes, their EVAT, their Mayor’s permit. Why charge the constituent for a fee in the Barangay Level when the Barangay including the Municipality or Cities has already have their own share on Real Estate Tax? He has committed a grave mistake and injustice to the people who he in the first place should have served. Presently, all services demanded by the Constituents in the Barangay Level has corresponding fees where there was none before.

    He he he. Does he deserve to be treated as a hero? Not me. You do not treat the informal settlers like a pest like he does. Instead, the DILG in coordination to the NHA should provide affordable housing to these marginalized sector of our society.

    • fugeee

      magtanong ka na lang sa mga taga naga kung ganyan nga ang tingin ni sec. jesse sa mahihirap? hahaha 
      inggit ka lang sa ibinubuhos na pakikiramay ng taong bayan at pag pupugay na ibinibigay sa kanya…
      siguro ikaw yung kawatan na iniimbistigahan ng DILG o kamaganak mo si Cong. Villafuerte…
      yun lang naman ang alam kong may galit sa namayapang kalihim…LOL

    • tolitsman

      Have a modicum of respect at least if you’ve got nothing nice to say… have a right to your views but I suspect you are in the minority with respect to your thoughts on the man.What’s with the seemingly scornful “he he he”.Certainly he was not perfect.  No mere mortal is.It was a balancing act that the late great secretary performed.In my view he came closest to a template of perfection when it comes to officials serving in government.

    • jElly_aCe

       animal ka lolo ka! manahimik ka na lng kung walang magawa ok?? kung nde mo kayang manahimik, rumespeto ka ngyn kung ayaw mo pa rin tumigil, mag suicide ka!

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