Issue of August 26, 2012
     
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Benguet
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64th Courier Anniversary Issue
 
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Even in death, an inspiration
GREGORIO T. ABALOS, JR., Mayor, La Trinidad, Benguet

I had the privilege of meeting the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo in October 2006 when he was still mayor of Naga City and I was then the regional director of DOLE Bicol Region based in Legaspi City. He requested for an emergency conference with various heads of regional department agencies regarding a land dispute between a private individual and the LGU. He asked us to write our respective superiors to help him resolve the matter.

At said occasion, I straight away witnessed his dedication, exuberance, and dynamism and having the rare qualities of being efficient and kind-hearted at the same time, how he was well-loved and respected by his constituents.

Our second encounter was during his first visit to the Benguet Capitol now as DILG Secretary and myself as mayor of La Trinidad. I relayed to him our Naga meeting. During our chat, he intimated and assured me that he – likewise a staunch member of the LP – would help us achieve our goals for La Trinidad in whatever way he can.

In time, I would soon have the honor to hear him speak at various seminars and each time would prove to be a refreshing and learning experience. Without fail, there was something in him that radiated humility and kindness, calmness and competence, decency, and compassion – qualities every public official needs.

Our last encounter would be when he accompanied Pres. Benigno Aquino III to the mass LP oath-taking ceremonies at Benguet State University. Huddled in the BSU ROTC Office with PNoy, Sec. Mar Roxas, Rep. Ronald Cosalan, Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat Jr., and Gov. Nestor Fongwan, we had a little tete-a-tete concerning the affairs of family and country.

Each encounter proved to be an enriching experience. And, even in death, he continues to inspire – a testament to the beautiful legacy he now leaves us. We, the people of La Trinidad, join the nation in mourning the passing away of a true patriot.

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