PREPARATIONS UP FOR ROBREDO'S STATE FUNERAL / DAYS OF MOURNING DECLARED



[PHOTO - GOOD BYE,JESSE ROBREDO- MAY 1958-AUGUST 2012]

MANILA, AUGUST 22, 2012 (INQUIRER) -A committee has been formed to take charge of the arrangements for the funeral of Robredo, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Tuesday.

[PHOTO- This photo released by the Philippine Air Force shows the Philippine flag draped on the casket of PhilippineInterior Secretary Jesse Robredo as it boards a military plane at the airport in Masbate province, centralPhilippines, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Robredo’s body was found and retrieved early Tuesday from the sea off a central province where his small plane had crashed three days earlier, officials said. (AP Photo/Philippine Air Force)]

In his statement, Lacierda said that the panel was created after Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued Memorandum Circular 36. The group is composed of representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), Presidential Management Staff, Presidential Appointments Office, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Presidential Security Group, Office of Presidential Protocol, Malacañang Social Office, and the city government of Naga.

According to the memorandum, it was only “fitting and proper that the State renders honor to the late Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, commensurate with the peoples’ affection and admiration for him.”

Lacierda said that the committee will make “all the necessary arrangements for the official honors and state funeral for the late Jesse M. Robredo, in keeping with protocol, our laws, and the wishes of the bereaved family.”

The PCDSPO had been designated as lead office in the meetings of the committee.

Palace declares national days of mourning for Robredo 7:49 pm | Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

[PHOTO -OFF TO NAGA CITY. Military personnels carry the metal casket of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo at the C130 plane in Masbate Airport, Masbate City on Tuesday. His remains were brought to Naga City. Robredo, his aide and two pilots on board a light plane that crashed off Masbate City Saturday. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA]

MANILA, Philippines – Malacanang issued Proclamation No. 460 to declare the national days of mourning for the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo starting Tuesday until his burial.

The Palace also ordered all government offices in the country to fly all flags at half-staff in honor of Robredo.

“The Committee on Funeral Arrangements and Burial created by virtue of MC 36 s. 2012, shall issue bulletins through the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, as arrangements are finalized in consultation with, and in accordance with the wishes of, the bereaved family of the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo. This includes announcing when the six-day period of the national flag flying at half-mast nationwide will commence,” the proclamation said.

“Let us allow the Robredo family time to grieve; let us refrain from engaging in any effort to pressure them as to any details concerning the funeral and accompanying ceremonies. These will be announced at the proper time.”


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