Days before the national elections that will determine their mom’s next job, Young STAR spends a few minutes with the Robredo sisters to talk about the hustle to win the elections, the issues nobody talks about, and the joys of meeting Kathniel on the campaign trail.
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As the Republic celebrates National Heroes Day, we join the nation in saluting an honorable Filipino leader. Mabuhay ang mga bayani ng bayan!
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A Philippine Air Force plane flies over the crash site of the piper plane carrying DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo and two others while rescue teams continue to scour the sea for signs of the plane. The fuselage of the plane has yet to be found and is believed 200 feet under water.
DILG chief: Surigao Norte ‘stable’ after NPA attacks
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo assured the public on Friday that the situation in Claver town in Surigao del Norte has already “stabilized” days after a series of insurgent attacks on three mining firms.
“Nag-stabilize na doon. May pursuit operation na kaya nga may engkwentro at nag-uusap pa rin kami ng Chamber of Mines of the Philippines for the next steps,” Robredo told reporters at a press conference in Quezon City.
The ecounter Robredo was referring to was the one that happened in Agusan del Sur, south of Surigao del Norte, before noon Thursday, where a soldier was killed after government troops clashed with suspected New People’s Army rebels.
The insurgents involved in the encounter were said to be under George Madlos, the same person who claimed responsibility of the burning of heavy equipment of the three mining firms.
“Mabilis naman ang action ng ating pamahalaan,” Robredo stressed.
At the same press briefing, Robredo acknowledged that environmental protection might not have been the real concern of insurgents who attacked the three mining sites early this week.
Robredo said the government aims to determine what could possibly be the real motive of the attacks.
The rebels had earlier insisted that the attacks were in retaliation for the mining companies’ alleged destruction of the environment.
But in a meeting with officials from the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines earlier in the week, Robredo said he learned that there was a different motive for the assault.
“Ang usapan na iyon na labor arrangement at environment, iyon ang sinasabi pero baka may nasa likod pang hindi sinasabi,” Robredo said.
On Thursday, the mining group hinted that the attack could have been connected to the mining firms refusal to give in to the rebels’ demand for “revolutionary taxes.”
“As a reiteration of our adherence to the principles of responsible mining and good governance, we wish to underscore that our member-companies will never succumb to pressures of whatever form to pay the rebels’ so-called ‘revolutionary taxes,’“ the Chamber of Mines said.
Despite allegations that the attackers were really after revolutionary taxes from the mining firms, Robredo said the government will still pay attention to the environmental issues raised due to the attack.
"Tine-take up namin iyong environmental concerns. We need to address iyon sa usapan. We need to engage with non-government organizations and civil society na may advocacy against mining. Dapat pag-usapan,” he said. — RSJ, GMA News
On the death of Sec. Jesse Robredo: Everybody else was gobsmacked with what happened, like I’m bushwacked because we never expected it. In my mind, it raises again the question of the problem of evil. We know when a person dies, but we don’t know why a person dies. This is basically the question of the suffering of the innocent, which is also known in theology as the problem of evil. Why does a person have to die? You, and including myself, have our own nominees who should have been there in that piper plane. But of all these dozens of people we could nominate, why did it have to be him? There is no answer to that theologically. To be able to answer that you have to know the mind of God, and since God is inaccessible to the human mind (He is perhaps accessible in a spiritual level that we could never reach while we are here on Earth), it would be very presumptuous for people to say that it was God’s will. But that is the end of his life. He was a good and honest man.
When I ran for president in 1992, he took the initiative to invite me for dinner in his humble home. And he was saying that he was hoping he could follow my footsteps in government; his wife was saying that she was hoping to become a lawyer like me. All this has taken place. And I was very proud when he became a Cabinet member, although he was not bombastic — that was his way. This is ineffable. It is beyond words. It’s just a loss.
International Criminal Court Judge-elect/Philippine Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on the sudden death of Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
The late Secretary Jesse Robredo lies in state at the Basilica Minore Nuestra Seniora de Penafrancia in Naga City on Monday, August 27, 2012. Robredo, a Peñafrancia devotee, will be cremated on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, after a state eulogy to be led by President Benigno Aquino III and his Cabinet.