Statement: The Speaker of the House on the recovery of the body of Sec. Robredo, August 21, 2012

Statement of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.:
On the recovery of the body of the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Jesse M. Robredo

[August 21, 2012]

With the Members and staff of the House of Representatives and my family I offer deep sympathy and prayers to the family of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.

He was a good man. That fact is a great source of pride for you and for those of us in government who worked alongside him. Beyond his numerous accomplishments as a government official, it weighs more as it recognizes and respects his integrity, sincerity and dedication as a public servant as well as a family man.

His work as Mayor of Naga City not only earned him repute as the first Filipino Mayor to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000, but earned him the love and admiration of his constituents.

To his wife Atty. Lenny, and his daughters Aika, Patricia, and Jillian Therese, as well as to the pilots’ families, we condole with you and sincerely share your loss.

To those who untiringly searched for him and his pilots—Capt. Jessup Bahinting and Capt. Kshitiz Chand—we offer our gratitude for your priceless efforts.

To those who prayed with us, our gratitude as well.

We may not understand the ways of the Almighty but know that it is certain that Jesse is in His care and continues to watch over this nation that he loved dearly.