Leni Robredo to retrace husband’s last journey

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On the occasion of the first death anniversary of former Interior secretary Jesse Robredo, Rep. Leni Robredo of the third district of Camarines Sur will visit the provinces of Cebu and Masbate, the last places her husband was seen alive on August 18 last year.

“I will have an emotional journey. I will retrace the last route he [Jesse] took before he died,” Robredo revealed, saying she will go to Cebu on August 15 and Masbate on Aug. 17 and then commemorate her husband’s death anniversary in Naga City in a simple ceremony on August 18.

She wanted to visit and talk to the family of Capt. Jessup Bahinting, pilot of the ill-fated twin engine Piper Seneca, and open the photo exhibit dedicated to her husband.

Then in Masbate, the lady lawmaker will grace a simple ceremony in memory of husband Jesse and know the people who helped search the plane wreckage and the bodies of three crash victims.

Robredo will not exactly fly the same way her husband did almost a year ago as she confessed the family still feels the trauma of losing a loved one in a plane crash. “My children always have fear of me traveling, especially in an airplane. I don’t want them to feel stressed.”

She said she will ride the fast-craft going to Masbate from Pilar Port accompanied by the officials of Naga City who went to Masbate during the search operation after the tragic plane crash.

“I don’t know if I can now bear to visit the crash site,” Robredo said.

She had been planning to go to Masbate but elections came and after the elections she was not yet ready to be on the place where her husband died.

She said she is familiar with Masbate because she was assigned there in 2007 while working with the non-government organization Saligan.

Robredo disclosed she is ready to end her “babang-luksa” (grieving period) on the first death anniversary and start wearing clothes other than black color.

She said she did not expect President Benigno S. Aquino III mention Jesse in his recent State of the Nation Address but admitted that she was comforted by it.

“It was very comforting on my part, knowing that the relation between them [Jesse and Mr. Aquino] was not smooth sailing all throughout. It was unfortunate that by the time they came into terms, he [Jesse] was gone,” she said.

In his Sona, Mr. Aquino gave tribute to Jesse for his “skill, compassion, and humility” which were the reasons why the latter was recruited in the Cabinet.

At one point, he blamed himself for recruiting Jesse because he said that if he had not asked him to join the Cabinet “he would still be alive today.”

Robredo said she had come into terms with the grief of losing her husband and expunged from her system the questions of “what if and what might have been” and blamed nobody for his untimely death. PNA

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