Human rights advocates, victims’ kins remember Robredo’s integrity

Arrival honors for Sec Jesse Robredo in Naga City Hall. PHOTO BY RTVM
Arrival honors for Sec Jesse Robredo in Naga City Hall. PHOTO BY RTVM


By Joey Natividad
Special Correspondent

NAGA CITY ( – The late Secretary Jesse Robredo earned the respect and honor coming from human rights groups after they claimed that he acted swiftly on human rights violations that were brought to his attention.

KARAPATAN, a human rights group, said it joins the Filipino nation in mourning the tragic passing of Secretary Robredo, and considers him as man of integrity.

“Secretary Robredo’s undertakings were an example of honest and dependable public service. In the context of his endeavors to protect public welfare within the scope of his office, he exercised prompt action for the investigation over the abduction and killing of Rodel Estrellado, a civilian resident of Malilipot, Albay and member of Bayan Muna-Bicol who was wrongfully accused of being a member of the New People’s Army,” said Vince Casilihan of KARAPATAN-Bikol.

The human rights group said the false allegation heaped on Estrellado was provided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines as part of the “cause” of Estrellado’s death.
According to allegations by military officials, he was among the casualties of a skirmish at Bula, Camarines Sur, between elements of the AFP and local NPA forces. Human rights groups, however, had obtained eyewitness testimonies of Estrellado’s abduction near the local market of Malilipot. His remains was later found at a funeral parlor in Camarines Sur.

Casilihan recalled that “believing that Estrellado had been kidnapped and summarily executed, his family along with human rights group Karapatan approached the DILG and called for a thorough investigation, Secretary Robredo immediately responded.”

“DILG Secretary Robredo exerted the full capabilities of his office to ensure that the Estrellado’s abduction and murder would be satisfactorily resolved and that justice would be given where due,” said Casilihan.

“In recognition of his professionalism and genuine concern for the public especially the wronged, we humbly sincerely pay our respects and honor the memory of Secretary Jesse Robredo,” said the human rights advocate, speaking in behalf of families and friends of human rights victims. []

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