Miriam wants trust fund for Robredo's kids

Posted at 08/22/12 7:08 PM

Says Robredo's wife should run as Naga mayor

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago could have uttered the same exact words that some could not, for fear of being ostracized amid the mourning for Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

In her Facebook account, the Senator was straightforward with her words: “Why does a person have to die? You, and including myself, have our own nominees who should have been there in that piper plane. But of all these dozens of people we could nominate, why did it have to be him?”

She said there is no answer to that, except if one knows the mind of God. She said it will only be presumptuous for one to assume that death is God’s will.

Santiago can only say that Robredo was a good and honest man.

“ Every body else was godsmacked with what happened, like I’m bushwacked because we never expected it,” she said.

Santiago remembered that when she ran for president in 1992, Robredo invited her for dinner at his home.

“And he was saying that he was hoping he could follow my footsteps in government; his wife [Maria Leonor] was saying that she was hoping to become a lawyer like me. All this has taken place,” she said.

She said she was very proud when Robredo was named DILG chief.

“Although he was not bombastic — that was his way. This is ineffable. It is beyond words. It’s just a loss,” she said.

Santiago said Maria Leonor should run as mayor of Naga.

She also sought a trust fund for Robredo’s family. "Let us all do something. Maybe even only as a voluntary movement, let us put up a trust fund for the kids, at least. I think that in order to honor his memory, government should at least provide a pension for the wife and the children, because no one will support them anymore. "