[PHOTO - JESSE’S GIRLS Aika, Jillian and Patricia Robredo sit next to the flag-draped coffin of their father, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, as relatives, supporters and friends continue to troop to the Archbishop’s Palace in Naga City on Thursday to pay their respects. Malacañang is preparing a state funeral for the former DILG chief whose remains will lie in state at Kalayaan Hall starting Friday until Sunday morning. RYAN LIM/MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU]

MANILA, AUGUST 25, 2012 (INQUIRER) By TJ Burgonio - All may come to pay their last respects to Jesse Robredo and need not worry about donning formal attire.

The wake for the late interior and local government secretary in Malacañang’s Kalayaan Hall will be open to the public from Friday night to Saturday, Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said Thursday.

President Aquino and Robredo’s family will receive the body Friday morning on the grounds of the American-era hall after it is flown from Naga City for a two-day wake in Malacañang, he said.

Robredo, 54, died with two others after their plane crashed in the waters off Masbate City on the afternoon of August 18 while flying from Cebu to Naga City. His aide survived the crash.

On arrival, Robredo’s body will be brought down from the hearse by eight bearers and six honorary pallbearers handpicked by his family, including Cabinet secretaries, and will be greeted by a 19-gun salute.

They are Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Cavite Representative Joseph E. A. Abaya, Harvey Keh of Kaya Natin! Movement, Alice Murphy of the Urban Poor Associates and Joan de la Cruz of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In Palace until Sunday

Then this will be carried into the hall where it will lie in state until Sunday morning, Quezon said.

“The wish of the Robredo family and the President’s order is to give our countrymen an opportunity to condole and pay their respects,” Quezon told reporters at a briefing in Malacañang. He said the public could come in any attire that they deemed appropriate.

The public can enter Kalayaan Hall through Gate 7.

On Friday, public viewing is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to Quezon.

This will be preceded by a series of memorial services sponsored by the DILG, urban poor groups, and the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and a Mass from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Public viewing resumes Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Return to Naga

This will be followed by a Mass from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., which is also open to the public, and memorial services sponsored by the Liberal Party from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and by the Cabinet from 8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Robredo’s remains will be flown back to Naga on Sunday morning.

All throughout the transport of his body from Naga to Manila and back, the late secretary would be accorded full honors, Quezon said.

The Philippine National Police will perform departure honors when the body is transported from the Archbishop’s Palace in Naga to the airport. Six honorary pallbearers were designated by the family.

Before the plane carrying the body departs for Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, the PNP will again render departure honors.

Once it arrives at the air base, the Armed Forces will perform arrival honors.

From the air base, the Presidential Security Group will escort the body to Malacañang, and will perform arrival honors, including a 19-gun salute.

On Sunday, the PSG will perform departure honors, including a 19-gun salute, before the body is transported to Villamor Air Base. Arrival honors will be performed at the Naga airport before the body is transported to Naga City Hall, according to Quezon.

Eulogy by Aquino

On Monday, Robredo’s remains will be brought from City Hall to the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, again with full honors. Interment is set for Tuesday in Naga City.

The President will deliver the eulogy for Robredo in an elaborate state funeral on Tuesday, Quezon said.

After the 10 a.m. Mass at the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, the Robredo family will begin the ceremonies for the state funeral by issuing its response to the public.

“This will be followed by a eulogy to be delivered by President Aquino,” Quezon told reporters.

After the eulogy, Robredo’s remains will be brought out of the basilica by the pallbearers handpicked by his family, with full departure honors, including a 19-gun salute, according to Quezon.


From the basilica, the funeral cortege will proceed to Funeraria Imperial, accompanied by a military band. On arrival there, a company of 21 soldiers will give a three-volley salute and then taps will be sounded.

After this, the national flag will be taken off the casket, folded and presented to Robredo’s widow Leni by Aquino to conclude the state funeral.


“After this, the remains of Secretary Robredo will be brought inside Funeraria Imperial for the cremation. After the cremation, the PNP will escort the family as they undertake the private interment of the ashes,” Quezon said.

After Robredo’s body was recovered from the fuselage of the ill-fated plane on Tuesday morning, Malacañang announced a state funeral for him, and days of mourning from that day until his interment.

Flags were also lowered to half-staff in all government buildings and installations for six days beginning Wednesday.

Robredo's aide undergoes psychiatric test By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) Updated August 24, 2012 12:00 AMComments (21)

[PHOTO- Robredo's Aide. Photo courtesy of PTV]

MANILA, Philippines - The aide of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo who survived the plane crash last Aug. 18 underwent psychiatric test at the Philippine General Hospital on Taft Avenue in Manila on Wednesday morning.

A reliable source told The STAR that the psychiatric test on Senior Inspector June Paulo Abrazado was meant to check the effect of the incident on him. Abrazado is now confined at the PNP General Hospital.

Robredo’s body was found Tuesday morning while the bodies of the two pilots were recovered days later.

Meanwhile, Robredo’s wife lawyer Ma. Eleonor or Leni thanked Abrazado for his services and relayed the family’s appreciation through his father, retired Superintendent Gil Abrazado.

“I knew what he must be feeling so I texted his father. We are thankful because we know that he watched over my husband,” Leni said.

Leni also defended Abrazado, who was being blamed and criticized for Robredo’s death.

“Who is ever prepared for a plane crash? We do not expect him to save my husband and give up his life,” she said.

Robredo's family: No bitterness against aide By Celso Amo and Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) Updated August 23, 2012 12:00 AMComments (76)

[PHOTO -Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (R) joins late Interior Minister Robredo's (R-L) wife Leni and daughters Aika, Patricia and Jillian, during the arrival honors of Robredo for a two-day state funeral at the Malacanang palace in Manila August 24, 2012.]

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – The family of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo holds no bitterness towards his aide, Senior Inspector June Paolo Abrazado, who survived the tragic plane crash in Masbate last Saturday.

Aika, 24, the eldest of three daughters of Robredo and his wife Leni, yesterday said they do not have any ill feeling against Abrazado.

“Napakabuti po niya sa amin, pati sa mga kapatid ko kapag pumupunta kami sa Manila. Kaya wala po kaming masabi sa pamilya niya at sa kanya kundi nagpapasalamat pa rin kami (He was so good to us, to my siblings, every time we go to Manila. We can only say to his family and to him that we’re very thankful),” Aika said.

A resident of Naga City, the policeman has yet to go to the wake of Robredo at the Archbishop’s Palace in the city.

Abrazado reportedly remains confined in a hospital here but there were reports that he is now in Manila with his family.

He said in media interviews that he managed to unfasten the seatbelt of Robredo so they could swim out together, but he lost consciousness when the plane nose-dived.

He was kept afloat by his backpack and was subsequently rescued by fisherman Joseph Bedaboy.

After he was treated at the Masbate provincial hospital, Abrazado went back to the crash site to help search for his boss, but the effort proved futile. Robredo’s body was recovered three days later.

Aika said the praises, admiration and outpouring of love from the Filipino people are helping them cope with the loss of her father.

Aika, who has been acting as the spokesperson for the Robredo family, has shown grace, strength and composure in all her media interviews – traits she obviously acquired from her parents.

While Robredo was Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for good governance, Aika won the grand prize for the high school category of the Ramon Magsaysay Student Essay Competition in 2003 when she was 15 years old.

Leni, on the other hand, continues to exude the character of a strong woman, a loving mother and a caring wife since the tragedy.

Aika said she, her mom and sisters – Janine Patricia, 18 and Jillian Therese, 12 – are coping with the death of her father.

“Actually, my mom and my sisters, they’ve been very good and coping. They are all trying to be strong, especially my mom. Prayers and expressions of love for my Papa (are source of our strength),” she added.

She said if her father were alive and saw all the people and heard all the praises, he would surely be happy. “If he was seeing us right now, he’d be smiling, even laughing at us.”

On allegations there could be foul play in the plane crash, Aika said the family would rather not speculate on what had happened before, during and after the crash since it would not change anything.

She said they were told that when the body of her father was recovered, the former DILG chief looked very peaceful.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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