Relatives, supporters and friends continue to flock to the Archbishop’s Palace in Naga City to pay their last respects to the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo during the public viewing on Thursday (August 23). Malacañang is preparing for a state funeral for the former DILG Chief. His remains will lie in state in Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 24) until Sunday morning (August 26). President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed Proclamation No. 460, declaring National Days of Mourning starting August 21 to mark the death of the former DILG Chief until his interment. The national flag will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset in all government buildings in the Philippines and in the country’s posts abroad for a period of six days. (MNS photo)

Relatives, supporters and friends continue to flock to the Archbishop’s Palace in Naga City to pay their last respects to the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo during the public viewing on Thursday (August 23). Malacañang is preparing for a state funeral for the former DILG Chief. His remains will lie in state in Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 24) until Sunday morning (August 26). President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed Proclamation No. 460, declaring National Days of Mourning starting August 21 to mark the death of the former DILG Chief until his interment. The national flag will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset in all government buildings in the Philippines and in the country’s posts abroad for a period of six days. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III will pay tribute to the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo in Naga City on Tuesday, the third death anniversary of the Cabinet official.

In a statement on Monday, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda said Aquino and some Cabinet officials will visit Robredo’s tomb at the Eternal Gardens in Naga City on Tuesday.

Robredo died in a plane crash off Masbate in August 2012. Aquino visited the late Cabinet official’s grave two years ago.

Lacierda recalled Robredo’s years in public service.

“Throughout his decades of public service, Secretary Robredo consistently demonstrated his outstanding capabilities as a leader, whether as mayor of his hometown Naga City or as head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),” the Palace official said.

“His six terms in Naga City were marked by improvements in development and public participation in governance, and today we remember him for the reforms he initiated, including the Full Disclosure Policy, which advances transparency in local governance,” he added.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, the late Cabinet official’s widow, is currently being pushed by some groups to become the runningmate of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the administration’s presumptive standard-bearer for the 2016 polls. (MNS)