By Conrado de Quiros
Has it been two years already? My, but time really flies.
By Gabriel Hidalgo Bordado Jr.
Naga City in Bicol has long figured prominently in local governance. Its international, national and regional awards and citations (now totaling more than 140) in almost all aspects of local governance speak volumes about how this tiny, landlocked and ancient city (established in 1575) is serving as a veritable touchstone for other local government units.
By Denis Murphy
When Jesse Robredo’s plane crashed into the sea off Masbate in August two years ago, we saw a surge of genuine sorrow in the country from all types of people, from the urban poor to people like Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi, OP, who was archbishop of Naga all the years that Jesse was mayor of that city. In the words of Angel Ojastro, a close associate of Jesse, Legaspi “mourned for Jesse as a father for his son.” President Aquino spent days in the crash area, realizing perhaps that he had lost one of the most dedicated members of his team—maybe, the most dedicated. Jesse is still remembered fondly.
By Denis Murphy
Since the start of President Aquino’s administration, urban poor people have worked with then Secretary Jesse Robredo and later with Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to come up with a housing plan acceptable to both the poor and the government.
By Carlito F. Virina
The country has been reeling from a barrage of sordid tales of how the pork barrel scam was carried out. The unfolding details reveal a massive web of corruption that has scandalized even those who thought they have heard everything.