|Screenshot of Robredo tribute page - gov.ph/salamatjesse/|
The problem with spineless people is that they have no feelings from the ego down. It is therefore a matter of national interest that before we elect a candidate into public office, we should take the time to determine if he has two essential body parts, a spine and balls.
In a country where government officials are anatomically challenged, the death of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo is a great loss. I do not know the man personally and cannot offer firsthand testimony, but from everything else that's written about him, you will find a simple man who did not cheat, steal (public funds or the work of bloggers to fill his speaches:P) or misuse tax money. The stories will reveal too that he quiety loved his country, eschewing fanfare as he labored to ensure transparency, encourage people participation and promote a system of productivity in government.
We only have to look at Naga City, a former third class city that has Robredo to thank for its elevation into first class to understand his value. As its mayor at the age of 29, he worked to streamline internal systems, demolish illegal businesses and eliminate the culture of indolence in government offices. When we look at what he has accomplished, we can only weep at this other mayor whose most astounding achievement is to come out of the closet in his pink slippers.
Robredo was only beginning to work his skillful hands in the DILG when he was taken away. In the words of Lourd de Veyra, who did not publicly attribute this statement to anyone in particular but is fitting to this tragedy anyway, "Bakit ganun? Kung sino pa ang mga kupal, sila pa ang nagtatagal sa mundo-- at may pambayad pa ng stem cell treatment." (Why is it that it's the as*ho*** who live long -- and can even afford stem cell treatment?)
But there must have been some good in this tragedy. Prior to his death, people in my circles didn't know who he was. Now that his life has been told in public, we all know what he did for the country.
Where can we find another Jesse Robredo?
Perhaps there are some 29-year old would be mayors out there who have been so enthralled by the secretary's story that they will have started growing the appropriate body parts ideal for public service.