This is a reaction to Conrado de Quiros’ column titled “Miracles” (Inquirer, 8/22/12). He is right about the miracles that the tragedy has brought upon us.
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo’s life and death were, indeed, miracles.
His presence in this world was a miracle in itself. It was a miracle that he was destined to serve the country the way he did. He did not become someone else—not a businessman nor a doctor, but he was given the opportunity to become a public servant. He became the mayor of Naga and “revolutionized” the city to become one of the prosperous cities in the Philippines. His accomplishments influenced other contemporaries and, not long after, surrounding towns and cities somehow replicated his visions. He was subsequently appointed secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. These are miracles in their own rights.
It was a miracle when for one moment the Filipino people from near and far kneeled down and prayed, united by one and the same petition—for his safe return. Not many can make a nation cry to the heavens, asking for one man’s safe return. Prayers and petitions were also raised for his brave companions, Capt. Jessup Bahinting and Nepalese Kshitiz Chand, who were with him in the plane that crashed.
It was a miracle that volunteers streamed out from all corners to help in the massive search and rescue operations. And with these efforts, it was truly a miracle that he was found, they were found.
Indeed what Secretary Jess gave us were all miracles. We are fortunate that in him we still found someone who inspired patriotism, devotion and love of country. Let his life and his death become an eye-opener to all politicians—more than anything, whatever your position, you are a public servant.
As we mourn this great loss, let us remember these miracles, and like Secretary Jesse, hope for a brighter future.
Secretary Jess was a miracle from God.
—KATRINA ISABEL SUZARA,