Bulletin No. 11 from the Committee on Funeral Arrangements and Burial of the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo

Today, August 27, 2012, the casket bearing the remains of the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo departed Naga City Hall for the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia. Departure honors were rendered by the Philippine National Police (PNP) at City Hall. The funeral cortege went around Naga City en route to the Basilica where the PNP rendered arrival honors.

Public viewing and vigil is ongoing until 5:00 p.m. when a Pontifical High Mass will be officiated by His Excellency Leonardo Zamora Legazpi, O.P., Archbishop of Nueva Caceres. After the mass, public viewing and vigil will resume, until 8 a.m. tomorrow, August 28.

August 28, 2012, is the 8th and final day of National Mourning for the late Secretary Robredo by virtue of Proclamation No. 460, s. 2012.

After the Concelebrated Requiem Mass, the President will confer on Secretary Robredo the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Chief Commander. The Philippine Legion of Honor is considered the highest award the President can bestow without the need for approval of Congress. Secretary Robredo is being conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor for life achievement as Secretary of the Interior and as Mayor of Naga City.

The late Secretary Robredo will then be honored with a State Funeral, after which his remains will be cremated in Funeraria Imperial, Naga City.

The following is the schedule for the final public viewing, the conferment of the Philippine Legion of Honor, and the State Funeral.

12:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.{{1}}
Public viewing and vigil at the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Preparations for the Concelebrated Requiem Mass

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Concelebrated Requiem Mass

11:00 a.m.
Conferment by the President of the Philippine Legion of Honor with the Rank of Chief Commander (posthumous) on Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.


  • The citation will be read by Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio B. Abad.
  • The insignia will be presented by the President to Atty. Leni Robredo, widow of the late Secretary.
  • Atty. Leni Robredo or a member of the family will give a response.
  • The President will deliver a eulogy for Secretary Robredo, after which the casket will be brought out of the Basilica by casket bearers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), accompanied by members of the Cabinet as the designated honorary pallbearers of the family.

After the conferment ceremonies, Secretary Robredo’s remains will be transported to the Funeraria Imperial for the State Funeral. The ceremonies will go as such:

  • Departure Honors and a 19-gun salute will be rendered by the AFP while the national anthem is played at the Basilica.
  • The casket will be loaded onto the hearse, after which the funeral cortege will proceed to the Funeraria Imperial.
  • A PNP band and four platoons (from the PNP and the three service branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) will accompany the funeral cortege, preceding the hearse.
  • Alongside the hearse will be members of the Cabinet on foot serving as the Honorary Pallbearers.
  • Following the hearse will be the President, Mrs. Robredo, and her children; followed by the late Secretary’s brother and sister; with other relatives, government officials, and other attendees, following, respectively. The distance to be covered by the funeral cortege is 750 meters, with an estimated marching time of 40 minutes.
  • At the Crematorium, a three-volley salute will be rendered by the PNP.
  • It will be followed by the playing of Taps rendered by the AFP.
  • After playing of Taps, the National Flag will be taken off the casket and folded by the PNP-AFP casket bearers, after which the casket bearers will hand over the flag to the President; The President shall then present the folded National Flag to Atty. Leni Robredo. The presentation of the flag will conclude the State Funeral.

Released on August 27, 2012

[[1]] Updated from 8:00 a.m. as per this special advisory.[[1]]