MANILA — Vice President Leni Robredo said the coronavirus lockdown forced her to commemorate Wednesday her late husband's birthday away from their hometown of Naga City for the first time since his death nearly 8 years ago.
Metro Manila until May 31 is under modified enhanced community quarantine, which bars domestic flights and public transport, except for non-essential travels.
Robredo's late husband Jesse, a former interior secretary who died in a plane crash in August 2012, would have turned 62 on Wednesday.
"Because of the ECQ, this is the first time that we will not be able to commemorate it in Naga," the Vice President said of her husband's birthday on Facebook.
In a separate post, she shared an undated photo of her hugging her husband, with the caption, "Nag-iisang tiyak sa sanlibong duda (the only certainty in a thousand doubts)."
Local officials in Naga commemorated Jesse's birthday with a wreath-laying ceremony and testimonials on his leadership as Cabinet official and former mayor of the city.
"Iniwan niya ang legasiya ng matinong pamamahala... Nariyan ang triangular model of good governance na hanggang ngayon ginagaya ng iba pang local government units," said Camarines Sur 3rd district Rep. Gabriel Bordado Jr.
(He left a legacy of good governance. There's the triangular model of good governance that other local governments replicate until now.)
The Vice President thanked the Naga government for the event. She said a memorial mass for her husband would also be streamed on Jesse M. Robredo Foundation Facebook page at 5 p.m.
Jesse was known for wearing slippers, which his supporters interpreted as a sign of humility and accessibility to the people. He and Robredo have 3 daughters.
— with reports from Jamaine Punzalan and Rizza Mostar, ABS-CBN News