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MANILA, AUGUST 27, 2012 (ABS-CBN) It was a night of remembrance as the Liberal Party colleagues of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and fellow members of the Cabinet reminisced their most unforgettable moments with the late secretary.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino was in attendance during the memorial service of the Liberal Party for Robredo who was the party's executive vice president.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman was thankful to Robredo from whom, he said, he had learned so much especially as the ARMM was establishing its transition government.

Hataman said he learned to adopt Robredo's strong advocacy for transparency and good governance.

The news of Robredo's plane crash came as a shock to Hataman especially since they had spoken the Friday before. Robredo was still planning to convene the peace and order council and had asked Hataman to accompany him to Zamboanga and Basilan.

Hataman vowed to continue to fight for the reforms and push for change in the region that Robredo had kept faith in.

"Manahimik man ang iyong boses, pero mananatiling aalingawngaw sa aming isipan ang iyong talumpati noon kung saan sinabi mong: ARMM will be a game-changer. When the history of ARMM is written, we want the scorecard to show, Transparency and Accountability: 100, Fear and Force: 0,” said Hataman.

Liberal Party Vice President for Policy, Programs and Advocacy Henedina Abad invited all public officials to reflect on the message that Secretary Robredo's life, accomplishments, and death had brought.

Abad echoed the question that people have been asking: Why did it have to be Secretary Robredo? Helping to answer the question, Abad said Robredo made the people realize that it can be possible for officials to be both good, competent, and remain incorruptible.

Abad vowed to help continue the reforms and values that Robredo had stood for.

"Babantayan namin ang mga nakamit na tagumpay, na iyong nagawa at isusulong ang iyong nasimulan. Isang karangalan na makasama ka sa pagsulong ng tuwid na daan, Sec. Jesse. Paalam,” said Abad.

LP Vice President for External Affairs Senator “Kiko” Pangilinan became emotional as he narrated how he admired Robredo, describing himself as a fan of the man he called a "source of strength and inspiration" and a "true warrior for change."

He recalled giving his first priority development assistance fund or pork barrel as senator to Naga, trusting that the money will be put to good use because Robredo was the mayor.

“Tunay nating minahal si Jesse dahil nakita nati sa kanya ang tunay na pagmamalaskit sa bayan. Salamat, Jesse, sa loob ng halos tatlong dekada na nagsilbi kang inspirasyon na nagbigay ng lakas ng loob sa amin na nagnanasang magbigay ng tunay na pagbabago sa bansa. Salamat, Leni, sa pag-alaga mo sa isang bayani ng ating republika,” said Pangilinan.

Liberal Party Vice Chairman and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte spoke of how Robredo hardly stood out in a crowd because of his humility and lack of penchant to attract attention to himself despite being the "living hero" and inspiration to many, the man who was responsible for transforming Naga from a third class city to a progressive one.

Belmonte said the best tribute that people can give to Robredo is to follow the example that he has set out as a man of integrity.

Belmonte said Robredo’s passing should serve inspiration to continue championing the cause of democracy.

Liberal Party Chairman Mar Roxas lamented how a big loss Secretary Robredo is for the country, wondering what God or the universe would want the people to learn with his passing. He said Robredo truly led by example, being a troubleshooter and solver of problems, big or small.

Roxas thanked Robredo for the goodness, generosity, commitment and devotion that he had shown to the party's principles and programs, vowing to pay it forward by reciprocating and continuing what Robredo started.

"Bago mawala sa isip ko, to use another 'Jessism', perhaps the answer to all the questions I talked about earlier is the simple truth: The way Jesse lived his life is God's gift to us. Maraming salamat, Sec. Jesse. Noon at ngayon, liberal ka, marangal. Sec. Jesse, tuluy-tuloy lang kami, alam naming hindi mo kami pababayaan. You're home now. Rest well, sige lang, sige lang,” said Roxas.

Singer Ogie Alcasid sang "Hindi Kita Malilimutan" while Christian Bautista delivered his rendition of "To Where You Are", pushing those in attendance to tears.

The party's memorial service ended with the singing of "Bayan Ko" led by Bayang Barrios as a tribute to Robredo's love of country and his partymates' vow to continue Robredo's work.

Cabinet members dedicate "My Way" to Jesse Posted at 08/25/2012 11:55 PM

[PHOTO -DON’T CRY FOR JESSE: Maria Leonor Robredo, widow of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, poses with Cabinet members, including Vice President Jejomar Binay, during a memorial service at Malacañang’s Kalayaan Hall Saturday night.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo's colleagues in the Cabinet honor him with one of his favorite songs during their eulogy Saturday in Malacañang.

They then ended their song, "My Way" with: "Yes, it was Jesse's Way." VIDEO LINK BELOW:


VIDEO CAPTION: Napuno ng luha at halakhak ang huling gabi ng lamay kay DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo sa Malacañang. Luha, katatawanan bumuhos sa lamay para kay Robredo sa Palasyo -Nagpa-Patrol, Willard Cheng. TV Patrol, Agosto 26, 2012, Linggo]

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