My wife (Jasmin Sultan Mosaid) was one of those profoundly grieving at the sudden demise of Brod Sec. Jesse Robredo. She is the Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) of Kabacan, North Cotabato, one of the LGUs that the good Secretary visited (on Aug. 13, 2012) barely 5 days before he met his fate in that plane crash off Masbate island.
How can’t she be so affected? I told her to extend the fraternity handshake when she meets Sec. Jesse to confirm that he is a member of the APO Fraternity which Sec. Jesse accepted with a hug. My wife felt very privileged that of all municipalities in Region 12 it was Kabacan that got the nod of Sec. Jesse for a visit. She must be churning pink over the thought of meeting a fraternity brother Secretary – a rare encounter and privilege.
Then bad omen had its indication when she was looking for their pictures together with Brod Jesse and none of them came out!! OMG.! Had my wife sensed that bad omen she could have requested another shots from other cameras if only to keep a lasting souvenir out of that visit. Now she locked herself up in the room and I don’t want to disturb her. I know she’s weeping intensely and silently at such a great loss to the Filipino nation.
I would recall a facebook newsfeed from a fellow member of the Fraternity now based in the U.S.: An American was asking him over the phone about what had happened to an interior minister from the Philippines and what was the government doing. And the brod answered: “We are rescuing good governance.”
And what would be a better way to rescue good governance than to continue the unfinished job, or better still, unfulfilled dream of Sec. Jesse.
The dictum was always true that we would feel the utmost importance and value of somebody after he is gone. We never felt that more than how we are feeling it today. And we know it would be very difficult to part with that feeling.. not in the very near future. It is very difficult to forget a good man.
Our only consolation is that when God takes the soul of a good man, we are so sure that he is given a special place in heaven. Rest in peace Brother Jesse. The Good Lord took you in the prime of your life and during your best as a public servant because He wants us to remember you in the longest time possible and to continue to emulate your shining examples and selfless devotion to public service.
We can only hope that your bereaved family shall be consoled in the thought that they are not grieving alone. The entire Horton Clan and the Filipino nation empathize with them in their sorrow and grief.
We love you brother Jesse. May we always be.!
Thank you for making us proud to be Filipinos and members of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity/Sorority.