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  1. 1. Robredo’s Body FoundState Funeral For DILG Chief ReadiedBy GENALYN D. KABILINGAugust 21, 2012, 7:20pmThe body of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo was recovered yesterdayafter divers found it in the wreckage of the ill-fated Piper Seneca plane 180 feet below sea levelin the waters off Masbate at about 7:45 a.m. yesterday.This was confirmed by Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas who said Robredos body was foundby technical drivers in the cabin of the plane, which was lying upside down.As this developed, Malacañang started preparations for the official honors and state funeral forRobredo, as retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz, a close friend of Robredo, andQuezon City Rep. Winston Castelo called for a hero‟s burial for the DILG Secretary.In Memorandum Circular No. 36, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., whom PresidentBenigno S. Aquino III designated as DILG officer-in-charge, created an inter-agency committeeto organize the funeral arrangements and interment of Robredo, whose tragic death caused “deepsorrow” for the nation.The chartered Piper Seneca plane crashed Saturday while en route to Naga City from Cebu.Cut In 3 Big ChunksRoxas said Matt Reed, a volunteer British technical diver, was the one who saw Robredos bodyunderwater. The diver said the plane as broken into three big chunks.The divers also found one other body in the cockpit of the ill-fated plane, but they could notascertain the identity as of press time.Search and rescue operations were temporarily halted after German diver Danny Brumbachsuffered decompression sickness. His mouth was frothing as he resurfaced after the search andrescue operation but is now in stable condition.Roxas had earlier reported that divers also found the bodies of Capt. Jessup Bahinting and his co-pilot Kshitiz Chand in the cockpit. But he later clarified the report that only one other body wasfound.The ill-fated Piper Seneca was found about 800 meters from the shoreline.The body of Robredo reached the surface at about 8:15 a.m. and was immediately loaded on arubber boat and then taken directly to the La Funeraria Eternas in Masbate City.After confirming the body as that of Robredo, Roxas immediately informed President Aquino.
  2. 2. Hope Turned To HeartbreakHope turned to heartbreak when President Aquino learned about the passing of Robredo.Already commemorating the death anniversary of his father, the President grieved over the lossof Robredo, his close friend, and personally brought his remains to his hometown in Naga City.The grief-stricken leader flew back to Masbate upon learning of the retrieval of Robredo‟s body.Aquino then personally saw the return of Robredo, whose body was placed in a metal casket, tohis family in Naga City via a Philippine Air Force C-130 plane. Robredo‟s body arrived in Nagaat 12:55 p.m.Because of this development, the President was unable to attend a mass commemorating the 29thdeath anniversary of his father, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., at the ManilaMemorial Park. It was Aquino who contacted the DILG chief‟s wife, lawyer Lenie Robredo, andinformed her about the retrieval of her husband‟s body, three days after his plane crash off thecoast of Masbate.Aquino was joined by Roxas, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Defense Secretary VoltaireGazmin, and Presidential Communications Development Secretary Ramon Carandang in the sadflight to Naga.Pain Of Blessing A FriendBefore leaving Masbate, Robredo‟s friend for 10 years, Father Leo Casas, gave his finalblessings for the DILG Secretary.“Here we are, a friend blessing a friend,” Father Casas, who was among the few allowed to openthe casket, was quoted as saying as he blessed Robredo‟s body at the La Funeraria Eternas inMasbate City.Upon seeing Robredo‟s casket, Cabinet officials present and residents touched and hugged itwith affection.From Naga airport, Robredo‟s body was taken directly to the Imperial Homes funeral houseaccompanied by President Aquino, who met with the DILG Secretary‟s widow, and theirchildren Aika, 24; Patricia, 18; and Jillian, 12.Family spokesman Jun Lavadia said Robredo‟s remains will be at the Naga Archbishops Palacestarting 5 p.m.Grief And GratitudeIn Malacañang, grief and gratitude enveloped Malacañang following the passing of Robredo,whose integrity and diligence were well known in the Aquino Cabinet.
  3. 3. Ochoa and several other Cabinet members mourned the death of Robredo and praised him as a“dedicated public servant and a champion of good governance.”Philippines flags in the Palace were also flown at half staff to honor Robredo, whose remainswere recovered in the waters of Masbate.Likewise, Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome had all flags in allpolice camps and stations also at half-mast.It was Secretary Roxas who broke the news about the death of Robredo.Dedicated Public Servant“I join my colleagues in the Cabinet and the whole nation in mourning the passing of InteriorSecretary Jesse Robredo,” Ochoa said in a statement.“Secretary Robredo was a dedicated public servant and a champion of good governance whosetrack record in public service has been an inspiration to all those who believe in government asan instrument for positive change,” he added.Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda and Presidential Communications Operations SecretaryHerminio Coloma also expressed grief over the death of Robredo.“Jesse has passed. The nation has lost one of her finest servant-leaders,” Lacierda said on hisTwitter account, a few minutes after Robredo‟s body was found.The public was encouraged to use hashtag #salamatjesse for memories and messages ofsympathy via Twitter.Coloma hailed Robredo for serving the people selflessly and honorably, saying he was “anexemplary public servant, a pathfinder in implementing innovations in governance.”Budget Secretary Abad also praised Robredo‟s integrity and diligence that served as example tomany officials in government. Abad said these were the qualities that made Robredo “a mostvaluable and highly regarded member of President Aquino‟s cabinet.”“Under his leadership, the DILG was able to make significant breakthroughs in establishing goodgovernance practices among local government units and key government institutions. As brief asSec. Jesse‟s term was, we fervently believe that the reforms he championed in the DILG will besustained faithfully long after his passing,” Abad said.Vice President Jejomar C. Binay asked Filipinos to pray for the family of Robredo that they maybe given the strength during this difficult time.
  4. 4. Iloilo Representative Jerry Treñas, chairman of the House Committee on Good Government andPublic Accountability, remembered Robredo as one of the “most decent” members of PresidentAquino‟s Cabinet team.Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, chairman of the House Committee on Public Information,agreed with Treñas, saying that the DILG Secretary was “a great loss to our country and ourpeople.”Leaders in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) also took turns in conveyingcondolence to his family and reckoning his “unmatched role and concern” for their turfs.ARMM caretaker-Governor Mujiv Hataman and Governors Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu ofMaguindanao, Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong Jr. of Lanao del Sur, Sakur Tan of Sulu, SadikulSahali of Tawi-Tawi, and Jum Akbar of Basilan described as “great loss” the demise of Robredo.The Canadian and British governments also issued messages of condolence to the Philippinegovernment, the Filipino people, and to the family of Secretary Robredo.“The government of Canada would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of SecretaryRobredo, the Government of the Philippines and the Filipino people,” Canadian Ambassador toManila Christopher Thornley said in a statement. “He will be remembered as a leader whoushered in a new era of political reform in the Philippines, and inspired government workers toselfless devotion in public service.” “The British embassy is saddened by the death of Interior and Local Government SecretaryJesse Robredo. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Government of the Philippines andthe family of Secretary Robredo,” said British Ambassador Stephen Lillie in a statement.Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was in disbelief upon learning yesterday of the confirmation ofthe death of Robredo.De Lima and Robredo, both natives of Camarines Sur in Bicol region, were known close buddiesin the Cabinet of President Aquino. They have been partners in the administration‟s campaignagainst criminality.Education officials, along with other officials in both public and private sectors, also expressedcondolences to the family of Robredo.In an official statement, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the Department of Educationjoins the nation in mourning the passing of the untiring public servant which he called “an iconof good governance and faithful stewardship.”Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Secretary Joel J. Villanuevaalso expressed “deepest sympathy and condolences” to the family of Robredo.The province of Bulacan also condoled and mourned religiously with the family of Robredo.
  5. 5. Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado requested all government units of the provinceas well as his constituents to pray for the eternal reposed of Secretary Robredo who alwayssupportive and gave help to the Bulakenyos whenever there is a need from his office.Former Senate President Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. said yesterday Robredo “was an exceptionalpublic servant, able, and faithful to his oath of office.”Senators Manuel Villar, Loren Legarda, and Ramon Revilla Jr. extended yesterday their “deepestcondolences” to the family Robredo.Local officials in North Cotabato also grieved the untimely demise of Robredo, saying his deathis “heroic” and “admirable.”Cotabato Governor Lala Taliño-Mendoza was grateful of having worked with a public officiallike Robredo whose main goal is to reach out to LGUs, even in far-flung areas. (With reportsfrom JC Bello Ruiz, Charissa M. Luci, Freddie C. Velez, Ali G. Macabalang, Ina HernandoMalipot, Roy C. Mabasa, Mario B. Casuyuran, Leslie Ann G. Aquino, Malu Cadelina Manar,Leonard D. Postrado, and Edd K. Usman)ilipino bilang wika ng karunungan?By ANGELO GARCIA, JANNICA DIAZ, JAMAICA MAE DIGO, CAMILLE SY, andJAYSON MANGALUSAugust 20, 2012, 10:12amIsa pa ring malaking debate ang pangmalawakang gamit ng wikang Filipino sa pagtuturo sa mgapaaralan.
  6. 6. Ngunit may mga organisasyon tulad ng Sentro ng Wikang Pilipino ng Universidad ng Pilipinassa Diliman na nagtutulak upang gawin ang Filipino bilang wika ng karunungan at nagpapahayagna hindi lamang ang wikang Ingles ang mga wika ng edukado.Ngayong Buwan ng Wika, ang Students and Campuses ay nagtanong ng ilang eksperto, mgaguro at estudyante kung sangayon ba sila na gawing wika ng karunungan ang wikang Filipino.SIYEMPRE! “Siyempre! Ngunit dapat gamitin ito ng mga tao sa dominyo ng kapangyarihan.Magandang modelo ngayon si P-Noy (Pangulong Benigno Aquino III).” – VIRGILIOALMARIO, National Artist for LiteratureDEPENDS ON THE SUBJECT. “That depends on what subject you teach. I know that Filipinois a very effective medium of instruction particularly if you talk about language competencies ofour students. Filipino language is the language of all. I suppose if you are not able to teach in amanner that you can easily translate the technical language into simple Filipino, it will evencomplicate the matter. So generally speaking, I will offer Filipino as a more familiar language ofinstruction. But my answer to that would depend whether on what subject you are teaching. Tome, I find language issues something that is not so complicated in terms of level ofunderstanding. To me, language is dynamic.” – RONALD HENSON, professor, University ofthe Philippines.ATING PAGKAKAKILANLAN. “Oo, kasi parte ng pagiging Pilipino natin ang paggamit ngsarili nating wika. At ito „yung pagkakakilanlan natin e. Subalit sinasabi ng iba na magigingkalamangan natin „yun para sa globalisasyon. Tignan natin ang ibang bansa na progresibokagaya ng South Korea, katutubong wika ang ginagamit nila.” – JOHN MICHAEL MATIBAG,AB Communication student, Dela Salle University-LipaANTI-GLOBALIZATION. “For me, no, because if we use the L1 or mother tongue languageas the medium of instruction, learners would surely suffer. English is used worldwide, thereforeif we only use Filipino, it would result in difficulty in communicating with other nationalities.” –CATHERINE ROBERTO, BS Secondary Education-major in English senior, Pamantasan ngLungsod ng ValenzuelaBAHAGI NG ATING PAGKATAO. “Bilang isang mamamayang Pilipino, ako po ay malugodna sumasang- ayon na gawing wika ng karunungan ang wikang Filipino. Unang dahilan, tayo aymamamayan ng bansang Pilipinas at nararapat lamang na gamitin natin ang ating wikangpambansa at maging parte ng ating pagkatao. Dapat rin na ito ang maging wika ng karunungandahil tiyak na maiintindihan at magkakaintindihan ang bawat isa. At alam naman natin na angbilang ng nakararami sa ating bansa ay mahihirap at nagmimistulang illiterate, kung kayamasasabi ko na mas maraming Filipino ang makauunawa kung sariling wika ang gamit. Ito na rinang panahon para gawing pormal na wikang karunungan ang Filipino. Panahon para ipagmalakidahil ito‟y likas na kayamanan.” – CHARISSE CLAUDETTE SALAZAR, junior, Electronicsand Communications Engineering Technology student, Technological University of thePhilippines
  7. 7. HINDI PA KAYA. “Sa kasalukuyang kalagayan ng Pilipinas ngayon, hindi pa natin kaya nagawing wika ng karunungan ang Filipino. Hindi pa ganun ka-influential ang bansa natin paramag-adjust ang ibang bansa, halimbawa sa trade and commerce. Mas mahihirapan tayo „paghindi tayo nasanay sa English, at pati na din iyong mga susunod na henerasyon. Siguromakakayanan naman nating gumamit ng purong Filipino sa pagtuturo pero sa ngayon, huwag pamuna. Gumawa muna tayo ng mga paraan para i-prove ang sarili natin sa internationalcommunity nang sa gayon, hindi na natin kailangang yakapin ang ibang lenggwahe paraumunlad.” – CRISEL JUAN, BS Pharmacy student, University of Sto. TomasWIKANG KINAMULATAN. “Maganda „yun. Kasi mas likas sa mga bata kung ang gagamitinnila „yung wikang kinamulatan nila. Mas magiging likas „yung kanilang pag iisip, maskomportable sila. Naaayos nila „yung kanilang mga ideya. Hindi naman kasi tayo nag iisip saEnglish.” – JEFFREY BARTILET, Philosophy professor, PUPONLY FOR CERTAIN SUBJECTS. “Para sa akin, I require lang ito sa subjects na dapattalaga Tagalog ang kailangan. Kaya nga may Filipino subject para matutunan natin all about ournational language. Pero in other subjects, mas efficient „yung English since it is a universallanguage and mas magiging successful and advantageous siya for the generation today in theirfuture endeavors.” – LYNDON JUSTIN GUZMAN, BS Chemistry student, UP-DilimanMALAKING HAKBANG. “Sa tingin ko, isang malaking hakbang „yan kasi kailanganmagkaroon ng katumbas sa Filipino ang bawat salita. Ilan sa ating mga salita ay walangkatumbas sa Filipino. Sang-ayon ako ngunit isang malaking hakbangin ito.” – CLARIZA RUFA,Communications senior, Miriam CollegeINFORMAL LANGUAGE. “Dapat ang wikang Filipino gamitin lang sa mga conversational,informal discussion. Pero kapag sa school, hindi dapat gamitin kasi marami na sa mga Pilipinoang lumalabas ng bansa at kailangang bihasa sa wikang Ingles. Hindi mo naman puwedeng i-Tagalog „yung, halimbawa „precipitation‟. Ang hirap naman nun!” – ROSILYN TAYAMORA,Journalism senior, Polytechnic University of the PhilippinesHINDI KAILANGAN ANG INGLES SA PAG-UNLAD. “It could unite us. Example „yungmga Japanese they are so successful, ang ganda ng economy nila kahit na di sila magaling magEnglish. „Di naman kasi kailangan na magaling tayo mag English para lang maging maunlad as acountry.” – KEZIA EUNICE COMBALICER, BSECE student, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ngMaynilaTERMINOLOHIYANG INGLES LAMANG. “Sa tingin ko, hindi dahil sa subjects gaya ngMath at Science wala namang katumbas sa Filipino ang ibang terms. Lalo na sa field ng IT naiba‟t ibang programming terms ang tinuturo at lahat, mas maipapaliwanag mo ng mabuti angmga terminolohiyang ito gamit ang Ingles.” – JACQUELYN SAMPAGA, BS InformationTechnology student, Far Eastern University- East Asia College