By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo remembered the fond memories of her late husband and former Interior secretary Jesse Robredo on his 61st birth anniversary.
Almost seven years after Jesse’s untimely death, Robredo recalled how Jesse had touched the lives of their fellow Nagueños as a public servant and said they still think about him.
“Siguro iyong feeling na parang nandiyan pa siya, lalo na dito sa Naga, kasi parang ‘iyong lahat ng sulok, iyong lahat na nakikita mo, alam mo na bahagi siya noong pagpundar,” she said.
(We have this feeling that he is still around, especially here in Naga, because you can see him in all corners, everywhere, you know that he is part of its accomplishments.)
“So siguro, in a way, parang buhay siya sa mga naiwan. Hindi lang mga naiwan na tao, pero mga naiwan na programa, mga naiwan na values, mga naiwan na paniniwala. Kaya hanggang ngayon, kahit wala na siya, happy place pa din for us iyong Naga,” she added.
(Maybe, in a way, he seemed alive for those he had left. Not only the people, but the programs, values, and beliefs he imparted to us. That’s why until now, even he is already gone, Naga is still a happy place for us.)
Robredo was in her hometown last weekend to commemorate with the people of Naga the 61st birth anniversary of Jesse, the city’s longtime mayor.
The Vice President joined her fellow Nagueños in a ceremony held at the city hall, led by Mayor John Bongat and Mayor-elect Nelson Legacion.
Jesse Robredo died in a plane crash in August 2012. He was on his way to Naga City to visit his family after attending an official engagement in Cebu.
In Manila, Robredo said their three daughters–Aika, Tricia, and Jillian– were complete in time for Jesse’s birthday.
“Jesse’s 61st birthday today, May 27. And the girls arrived just as we ushered in this special day,” the Vice President said in a post on her Facebook page along with her husband’s portrait and a picture of their three daughters.
The Robredo sisters took to social media to pay tribute to Jesse as they looked back to the times they spent with their father.
“Happy Birthday to my hero, my first love. Miss na miss, labs na labs, araw-araw,” Jillian, who returned home from New York City, said in one of her Instragram stories.
“I would gladly settle for a good meal and a long hug. Happy Birthday to my one and only,” Aika greeted her father.