Robredo's remains to be brought to Manila Friday

Posted at 08/22/2012 11:23 AM | Updated as of 08/22/2012 5:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The remains of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo will be brought to Manila on Friday.

Based on the schedule of public viewing released by a committee created by Malacanang for Robredo’s state funeral, his remains will be transported from Naga City to the Malacañan Palace at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., who was also designated as officer-in-charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government, earlier announced a state funeral for Robredo.

President Benigno Aquino III also signed Proclamation No. 460, proclaiming for a period of six days starting today the Days of National Mourning.

The proclamation also states that “for a period of six (6) days, the national flag shall be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset in all government buildings and installations in the Philippines and in our posts abroad.”

In Naga, meanwhile, May 27 has been declared a Jesse Robredo day.

Robredo was born on that day in 1958. He died on Saturday, when his ill-fated plane crashed off the waters of Masbate.

After days of search operations, his body was finally found 180 feet deep into the sea on Tuesday. – with a report from Dennis Datu, dzMM