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Can relate! Robredo recalls Jesse’s death in meeting with kin of Iloilo-Guimaras sea tragedy victims

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Vice President Leni Robredo looked back at the “roller coster” of emotions she felt after the death of her husband Jesse during her visit Monday (August 12) to the families of individuals who died in boat accidents along Iloilo Strait on August 3.

Robredo went to the wakes of nine of the 31 individuals who died in three separate boat accidents, which happened at the height of monsoon rains.

Speaking before the tragedy’s survivors in Guimaras, Robredo said she shares the anguish of those who lost their loved ones in the accident since Jesse also died at sea.

The late Interior Secretary’s plane crashed at sea near Masbate while it was flying from Cebu to Naga City on August 18, 2012.

“Iyong sa amin po noon, tatlong araw wala iyong asawa ko, para pong roller coaster iyong nararamdaman namin. Isang oras, sasabihin sa amin na nahanap na; isang oras, sasabihin sa amin may nakasalba raw na mangingisda sa asawa ko; mayroong nagsasabi na nasa isang isla. Pero pangatlong araw, nahanap iyong kaniyang katawan. Wala na. At siyempre, dahil pangatlong araw, iba na iyong kondisyon ng kaniyang katawan,” Robredo said.

The Vice President told the victims that her office is ready to help them in any way possible to recover.

“Ito [ay] pakikiisa [sa kanila], kasi talagang napakasaklap ng aksidente na pinagdaanan. So gusto lang natin iparamdam na marami naman tayong hindi lang nakikidalamhati, pero handang tumulong. Kasi alam ko iyong pakiramdam, eh—na pagkatapos ng libing, mas mahirap iyong haharapin nila,” she said in a subsequent interview.

The Office of the Vice President extended financial assistance to four survivors and five families who lost their loved ones in Iloilo. The same was given to 52 survivors and 10 mourning families at her stop in Guimaras.

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