Citation for the Philippine Legion of Honor, with the rank of Chief Commander, conferred on Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, August 28, 2012

 Malacañan Palace

Be It Known To All Men By These Presents:

That I,

Benigno S. Aquino III,
President of the Philippines
by virtue of the powers vested in me by law,

For being an advocate, as Mayor of Naga City from 1988 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2010, and Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, of true and transformative change which led to a revitalized city and a vibrant culture of transparency, accountability, and people empowerment;.

For being a mentor to public servants who are likewise supportive of change;

For choosing to tread the straight and righteous path , even at the risk of political persecution, instead of taking the easy and crooked road of the unprincipled;

For institutionalizing a virtuous cycle in the Department of the Interior and Local Government by establishing a full disclosure policy and seals of good housekeeping in local governments;

For being a leader who set aside the ostentations of power, choosing the simplicity and honesty of genuine servant leadership;

For his dedication to public service, which earned him the respect and acclaim of his peers and the public, as manifested in the countless accolades he received, such as the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000, the Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence as Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines in 1998, the first ever “Dangal ng Bayan” Award of the Civil Service Commission, and inclusion in the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM), among many other awards; and

For being an exemplar of principled, committed leadership, regardless of personal cost or danger, thereby making him a man of outstanding life achievement deserving of the highest recognition the President of the Philippines can confer,

have caused to be inscribed in the roster of

the  Philippine Legion of Honor

the name of

Jesse M. Robredo

Secretary of Interior and Local Government

with the rank of Chief Commander (Punong Komandante)

Done in the City of Manila
This 28th day of August
in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Twelve