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That They May Have Life

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By: ajuperez

The outpouring of love and support for Secretary Jesse Robredo this past week has been overwhelming. No doubt the people love him; they saw in him an exemplary statesman who used his office not for power but for the service of fellowmen. They did not see him as a boss, or a VIP with his head in the clouds, or a greedy traditional politician who makes himself rich through his position. They saw in him just another man – a companion, a friend, and a leader who leads by example.

By now, everybody knows about the extraordinary qualities of this man, and the character he possessed; in his death, he was catapulted into the ranks of this nation’s heroes, those who gave their life, and shed their blood, in order to see, in vain, a country blessed with progress, unity, and love for the homeland. Every now and then, God sends us these quintessential heroes in order to remind us that the blood of our ancestor-heroes run in our veins still; every now and then, God takes them away, perhaps too soon, for only in their deaths can we ever realize it is everyone’s duty to dedicate our lives for others, like they did.

He was born in Naga, the very city which he served as mayor for many, many years. Naga was the beloved hometown dear to his heart; in turn Naga loved him and embraced him as their own. The people of Naga knew that they had a gem of a leader in Robredo, because Robredo saw his people as a treasure. In the words of Fr. Ambrose, the priest who gave the homily at today’s Requiem Mass, “Secretary Jesse was not a perfect human being, but he was a true human being who treated every other human as true as himself.”

Today we are all Nagauenos. We celebrate his life, mourn his death, and bask in his heroism. He made himself “light of the world”; his light, coming from Christ himself, shines on us all, and neither death nor time can ever extinguish it.

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I sincerely hope that many of our public officials learn from Sec. Jesse Robredo’s example. He was a very selfless servant who gave his life for the people because he saw the people for who they really are. He was not self-serving nor did he look down on the poor. He did his best, despite the limited means, to make Naga City progressive. He made no excuses.

Unfortunately many of our legislators, especially the ones who support RH, make so many excuses. From overpopulation to our country’s limited resources, the excuses as to why the country is still reeling from poverty never ends. We need our leaders to be true to what they promised to do. “Daang Matuwid”hasn’t been very matuwid especially because the president thinks that his “Responsible Parenthood” bill is the answer to our country’s woes.

If our congressmen are really after the welfare and health of the women, they shouldn’t be passing an RH bill that seeks to promote cancerous pills, abortifacient IUDs, or condoms that do not protect against HIV and HPV, and on top of it call it “informed choice.” It’s like being offered 3 kinds of poison and have the gall to say, “well at least I gave you a choice.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the fact that the country is still mourning the loss of such a great man, the Filipino spirit is nevertheless buoyed with the hope that there are still a few good men in the government. With Filipinos either deluded with politics or downright cynical towards politicians, Sec. Robredo’s life gives life to us all. He was filled with traditional politicians and greedy public officials, but this made him shine all the more. I find it quite funny that coincidentially, John 10:10 speaks so accurately not only of how Sec. Robredo lived, but also about the people around him:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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