“Later on in life, you will realize that it is neither your successes nor your conquests that will give you satisfaction. It is your contribution that really matters – paying back what you owe the community that nurtured you.”
“Do not ever think that your contribution to good governance are exercises in futility. It should be treated like building blocks. They should be painstakingly pilled up, one by one until we are able to build that proper structure.”
“Is it not ironic that while many of our leaders have succeeded in achieving their personal goals, the country has lagged behind? Maybe it is because they have failed to make heroes out of the ordinary Filipino. Maybe it is because they have relied solely on their own capacities, rather than on the contributions of the ordinary people they are responsible for.
It is neither your successes nor your conquests that will give you satisfaction. It is your contribution that really matters – paying back what you owe the community that nurtured you. ”
“What I want for the Philippines is for the time to come when poverty is an insignificant problem, and that when it comes to choosing leaders, the people will realize that they have the true power.”
”Our political history has shown that we have put the burden of running this country to our “best” people for too long. And yet the gap between the rich and the poor has grown wider. For this country to succeeed, we need to make heroes of the ordinary people. We need to make heroes of ourselves”
“Kung ano ang ginagawa natin ay dapat maramdaman ng tao sa ibaba. Duon mo lang masusukat kung may saysay ang ginagawa natin.”
“In our world today, development often favors the ones who are already wealthy, educated, and healthy. Thus, your main job, as local government executives, really is to protect the weak and the marginalized.”
“A boy said he wanted to be a doctor because there was no doctor in the barangay. A girl said he wanted to be a teacher so that she would make sure that all the children in her barangay would go to school. Another boy said he wanted to be an engineer so he could improve the roads and provide irrigation systems for the farmers.
Like all of us, they too wanted to be somebody someday. But despite the deprivations and difficulties, they were all for a noble purpose – to be of service to others. Not one of them said that it was for fame, money or power. They were so young, yet they know what was good for their community and for others.”
Secretary Jesse Robredo (May 27, 1958 – August 18, 2012)
The first ever:
The last “sweet smile” to remember before he left.