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Malacanang on Tuesday ordered the formation of an inter-agency committee that will take charge of the funeral arrangements and interment of the late Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued Memorandum Circular No. 36 directing the creation of the committee on funeral arrangements and burial of Secretary Robredo. The body of the late secretary was found and retrieved Tuesday morning after his plane crashed off the coast of Masbate on Saturday.
“It is fitting and proper that the State renders honor to the late Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, commensurate with the peoples’ affection and admiration for him,” the MC 36 stated.
“These honors and all forms of official recognition must be done in accordance with the law, wishes of the bereaved family of the late Secretary, and the fullest participation of the agencies he headed and the people he represented,” it further said.
The said committee will be composed of the Office of the Executive Secretary, Presidential Management Staff, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Office of the Presidential Protocol, Malacañang Social Office, Appointments Office and the Presidential Security Group.
Executive Secretary Ochoa has also assigned the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office to chair the meetings of the committee.
“The committee will, from time to time, be updating the public of arrangements through the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson as they are finalized and determined,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
The MC 36 also stated that the said committee “may call on government entities and enjoin the support of concerned non-government organizations and the private sector as may be necessary to assist in the performance of its functions.”
Malacanang has earlier urged the public to pay tribute to the life and works of the late Secretary Robredo through testimonials and remembrances.
“The nation is united in grief and gratitude to one of her finest and most honorable servant-leaders,” Lacierda said in a separate statement on Tuesday.
“We invite everyone to pay tribute to the exemplary life and work of Secretary Jesse through testimonials and remembrances,” Lacierda added.
He also invited netizens to use the unified hashtag #salamatjesse for their Twitter messages and visit www.gov.ph/salamatjesse to share their thoughts, memories, and messages of sympathy for the Robredo family.