PNoy likens Jesse Robredo to dad Ninoy
Louis Bacani (Philstar.com) - August 18, 2015 - 12:52am

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III paid tribute to former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on his third death anniversary on Tuesday.

In his speech at the Naga City hall after visiting Robredo's grave, Aquino recalled Robredo's legacy as a public servant. The president even likened his martyred father, former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr, to Robredo.

"Para nga pong itinadhana na magkapareho ang petsa ng pagpaslang sa aking ama at ng pagkakatagpo sa katawan ni Jesse. Sa magkaibang paraan, pareho nilang pinatunayang 'The Filipino is worth dying for,'" Aquino said.

"Kung kasama si Jesse sa mga Pilipinong nagsiklab ang pagmamahal sa bayan dahil sa pagkamatay ng aking ama, natitiyak kong marami rin ang humuhugot ng inspirasyon sa ipinakitang halimbawa ni Jesse," he said.

Robredo, who died in a plane crash in 2012, was described by Aquino as a loving father and husband, a good friend and an ideal public servant.

The president thanked Robredo for the reforms he started and for inspiring the Liberal Party and the nation.

Aquino praised Robredo for his achievements as Naga City mayor.

"Hindi kaagad nalaman ng ibang Pilipino kung paanong sa pamamagitan ng matalas na estratehiya at matinding political will ay naitawid niya ang Naga mula 3rd class municipality patungong first class na siyudad," Aquino said.

"Pero di ba, 'yun naman talaga ang maasahan natin sa isang taong hindi mahilig umepal at magbuhat ng sariling bangko?" he added.

The president also lauded Robredo for favoring no one and standing up for what is good.

"Kung sino ang dapat kausapin, ‘yun ang kinakausap niya. Walang bola, walang pamumulitika. Kahit mga jueteng lord o drug lord, o sariling kamag-anak, hindi siya nagdalawang-isip na banggain dahil alam niyang siya ay nasa tama," Aquino said.

"Napatunayan ni Jesse at ng mamamayan ng Naga: Hindi kinakailangang maging madumi ang pulitika. Puwedeng makamit ang mga layunin nang hindi isinasakripisyo ang mga prinsipyo," the president added.

ANG AQUINO BENIGNO AQUINO JR INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECRETARY JESSE ROBREDO KAHIT LIBERAL PARTY NAGA CITY NAPATUNAYAN PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO QUOT ROBREDO
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