What can one man do?

Philippines
August 23, 2012 11:46pm CST
The Philippines is a tiny nation southeast of the great Pacific. Strategically located, for trade, defense, and whatever, many countries had made their vested interest of conquering this island nation known. One has just to browse a little bit on the net, and the history of this nation would bring one to a state of sadness, for many have shed blood, sweat, and tears, to make this nation free, dignified, and proud. Like any other country, this one has heroes, men of great courage, men of valor, who had laid their lives, so that the Filipino may live. So we have Rizal, Bonifacio, Greg del Pilar, Macli-ing Dulag, Ninoy, Evelio Javier. This week, we witnessed the tragedy of another Filipino, no, he did not write subversive propaganda, neither did he rise in arms in combat, no, he did not stand his ground arm-in-arm with a brother, neither did he verbally speak against tyranny nor oppression, what he did was simply serve the people to the best of his ability. He was Mayor of his hometown, but he took the broom and swept when there was no one sweeping. He showed governance by example. What can one man do, to an impoverished town? He made it a city alive and classy. What can one man do, to a country rotting in the powerful's greed and the impoverished dying? He sowed seeds for transparent governance, lived simply, came to the assistance of those who asked for help, and served with his heart. Before 18 August, the day his plane crashed in the waters of Masbate, his name was just like any other name. The manner of his death came as a shock, for he was still young, much to give still, but tragic though it may be, his name is now eternally immortalized amongst the heroes of this nation, as a dedicated public servant who lived by example. Jesse Robredo, Filipino hero.
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@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
24 Aug 12
there is a lot what one man can do as many heroes have shown to us. jesse robredo is a testament to that. he transformed naga city into a vibrant and premier city in that part of the country. he will sorely be missed by his constituents. now, with his departure, he leaves a big hole in the heart of the bicolanos and filipinos.
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@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
24 Aug 12
Very true. I am one of the first ones to witness what he has done to my city. I saw how this sleepy city in Bicolandia was awakened by this person. I am deeply saddened with the turn of events to see him go this early on since I truly believe that he has many things he can do for the country. But, sadly, we only noticed the greatness of a certain person when he is already gone. I did saw him start with us and saw his greatness as a City Mayor. I am glad I did see and experience it.
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@pahak627 (4206)
• Philippines
24 Aug 12
It was really a tragic incident for a man like him. Honestly, I just knew that he's a very good person. When he was still alive I only know him as a member of the Cabinet. From the write ups that I read about him, they spoke of how good he was. Looking at his face on tv and magazines, we can see the goodness in him thru his expression or is it just a result of the many good adjectives that was described as his nature. Goodbye Mr. Robredo.
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@leateagee (3667)
• China
25 Aug 12
Not much is known about Jesse Robredo. A very silent man who just worked in the government to make a difference. He doesn't have to shout his actions, people eventually followed and respected him. Though we only know much about him when he passed away I hoped Filipinos will learn to stand on their own. We can all be heroes by strating in our families. Support and be responsible members of the family. When we do that we lessen the problems of the society. Cleaning our own mess, segrerating our own trash doesn't need a lot of people to do so enymore if had already done it. Love our life, love our family and love our nation. We used to be a great nation. My fellow countrymen, what is happening to us? Only us can lift ourselves from this poverty that I hear in the international news every day. Rise Philippines!
• Bangladesh
24 Aug 12
Yes the persons who hold dedicacy and sincerity to the countrymen are real heros. Examples of dedicacy and sincerity raises self confidece on that patriotism is not any bogus and we have something to do the nation. Patriotism in real contributes to building a mighty nation with rock like solidarity of union and harmony. We should never lower our saluting hand to the patriots.TC
@Jatelo2 (166)
• Nairobi, Kenya
24 Aug 12
This post is touching and emotional though I can't claim to know much about the Philippines apart from a few online friends. However, this Mayor you have spoken of has reminded me what most of the third world countries have in common. Thieves and corrupt individual are the names to reckon with whereas exemplary leadership, like the one you have Illustrated through the Late Mayor's life, are ignored and contemptuously viewed. I also join you in saluting this hero.
• Philippines
24 Aug 12
Hello Eileenlyva, Long time no see here. first off I have to completely disagree with you about the Philippines being TINY because we are obviously larger than japan and Taiwan is even tinier than us, even bigger than indonesia and the Korean Peninsula. the only thing tiny is the people's perception of being weak and at the mercy of the strong nations who has worked it out while WE screwed it. the problem too is our capability to act it together with the issues at hand. what happened to him is an accident , we should hope that there are other people who can match his dedication, am sure there is one out there.