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“We do not need another EDSA… for our country to move ahead. EDSA must be everyday. That means everyone understands he has an obligation to serve. That means reform is an every day activity. That means the daily grind is more important than the one-time heroic moment.” — Hon. Jesse M. Robredo

To honor Sec. Jesse, we will heed his call to be everyday heroes.

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Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo has advanced reforms in local government and the interior sector that are crucial for the country’s “matuwid na daan”, government officials, lawmakers, civil society organizations, the academe, urban poor groups, and other supporters said on Sunday.

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On August 18, Sec. Jesse Robredo’s plane crashed off the coast of Masbate. As search and rescue operations continued, we remained hopeful that he and his two pilots would be found and returned safely to their families.

This blog was our way of holding vigil as we awaited his return. News of the crash triggered an outpouring of love and support for Sec. Robredo on social media and this blog was an attempt to bring together a community of Sec. Robredo’s friends, supporters, and admirers.

Stories, photos, testimonials poured in via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. We lit virtual candles for Sec. Robredo by sharing how he brought light to our lives and to our country.

Three days later, Sec. Robredo’s body was found 800 meters from the shore at a depth of 180. The entire nation is mourning the loss of a great man.

We, Filipino citizens inspired by Sec. Robredo’s exemplary leadership, pledge to honor him by protecting his legacy.

Sec. Robredo believed that citizen participation is crucial to good governance and genuine democracy. We vow to be the empowered citizens Sec. Robredo has always wanted us to be by demanding transparency, honesty, and excellence from our government and from ourselves. Jesse Robredo is our gold standard. We will keep the fire burning for him by becoming the everyday heroes he challenged us to be. We represent a constituency for change.

The man has become a movement.

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