On the day of the state funeral for Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, his brother Butch thanked the public for their sympathy and support.
"We are both surprised and we are so happy and thankful for the outpouring support, sympathy. Salamat po talaga," he said in an interview on Unang Hirit on Tuesday.
"Ako po talaga sinasabi ko nga po dito sa kanila kung dito lang po ito sa Naga yung suporta, yung sympathy, hindi po ako magtataka po. Sa labas ng bayan kasi, marming pumupunta dito from Mindanao, Visayas, sa Pangasinan, Bulacan and so on, marami akong nakausap sa kanila, ako po'y nagtataka po talaga," he said, adding that he was aware of his brother's work, but did not know the details.
"Kung hindi ko po narinig ang necrological services na ginawa po diyan sa Manila, I would not know the details. Ako po I know that Jesse sometimes, when he comes home, we have this 30-minute talk, to an hour, na ganun lang kami. Sinasabi niya sa akin he travels four to five provinces a day. That I know, I know the thing about the informal settlers that the President has tasked him to do, I know that also, pero I do not know the details po talaga," he said.
In the same interview, Butch said that their elderly parents still do not know of Jesse's fate.
"Hindi pa ho namin nasasabihan yung magulang namin. Kahapon lang dinala namin si papa ko sa ospital, so hindi ho talaga na siguro namin sasabihin sa kanila," he said.
He said the family will tell his parents "when the time is right."
"Siguro pagdating ng tamang... my sisters, I have two sisters, both doctors, my brothers-in-law are both doctors, my daughter is also a doctor... they should know better po siguro," he said.
Plane crashRobredo's parents had been kept in the dark to keep them from worrying since the small plane carrying Robredo, his aide and two pilots crashed off Masbate on August 18. Robredo died along with the pilot and co-pilot of the aircraft. Only Robredo's aide-de-camp survived the tradegy.
Household members of Robredo's parents then took care to turn off radio and TV sets to keep them from worrying, radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo said in a previous report.
Asked if the family has talked about filing a case against Aviatour Air Inc., the company that owned the small plane, Robredo said they had not yet discussed the matter.
"Hindi po, wala pa po kaming napagusapan tungkol diyan," he said. Last Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) suspended the license of Aviatour Air, which is now being investigated.
The Requiem Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by the eulogy to be given by President Benigno Aquino III. Aquino will also bestow the late Secretary Robredo with a posthumous rank of Chief Commander during the state funeral, which will be at the Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia. The public viewing ended at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
After the eulogy, the body will be cremated at the Funeraria Imperial in Naga City, and eventually brought to Eternal Gardens, where an area will be allotted for the public for those who may want to view Secretary Robredo's tomb.
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Source: GMA News