The ninth death anniversary of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo will be commemorated this August 18, Wednesday. The day has been declared a special non-working holiday in Robredo’ss hometown Naga City according to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 274. The full text of Proclamation 274 can be read here.
Parenthethically, August 18 of every year is a working holday elsewhere in the country courtesy of Republic Act 10669, which the late former President Benigno Aquino III signed in 2015.
Robredo served as Mayor of Naga City for six terms – from 1988 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2010. His effective management of the city earned for him citations from foreign publications as well as the coveted Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in the year 2000.
Barred from seeking reelection after serving three consecutive terms as Naga City Mayor in 2010, then-President Benigno Aquino III appointed Robredo to lead the Department of Interior and Local Government. Robredo died a tragic death in Aigust 18, 2012 following a chopper crash. The posthumous appreciation for the late Interior Secretary served as a springboard for his widow, Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo, to enter politics.
Mrs. Robredo was elected congresswoman for the 3rd district of Camarines Norte in 2013 and just three years later, she narrowly defeated Senator Bongbong Marcos to become the nation’s Vice President. She is now seen as a standard-bearer of the opposition heading to the 2022 presidential elections.