Former DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo (CNN Ph photo courtesy) 

The proposal to declare August 18 as a special non-working holiday in honor of the late Mayor Jesse Robredo’s death anniversary has been rejected by the Palace, according to reports.

Malacañang turned down the request put forth by Naga City, Camarines Sur, to commemorate the passing of former Mayor Jesse Robredo with a special non-working holiday.

In response to the proposal, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Anna Liza Logan sent a letter dated August 17 to Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion, conveying the Palace’s decision.

The rationale behind the decision lies in Republic Act No. 10669, also known as “Jesse Robredo Day,” which designates August 18 as a special working holiday.

Logan’s letter noted, “Given that there is already a legislative enactment, this Office is constrained to deny your request.” However, the Palace acknowledged the significance of the commemoration of Jesse Robredo’s death anniversary to the people of Naga City.

Jesse Robredo, who previously served as the secretary of the interior and local government during the tenure of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, tragically passed away in a plane crash in Masbate on August 18, 2012.

He was also the spouse of former Vice President Leni Robredo.

Jesse’s impactful legacy included his six consecutive terms as the Mayor of Naga in Camarines Sur, beginning in 1988. His achievements in this role were so outstanding that he was honored with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000, becoming the first Filipino mayor to receive this esteemed accolade. (AI/MNM)