Students, teachers to line streets to meet Robredo casketBy Dona Z. Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—Students and teachers from public schools in Pasay City and Manila were expected to line up the streets and wave yellow flags by way of giving honor to the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who arrived in Manila Friday morning.
Luz Almeda, Department of Education National Capital Region director, said she issued a memo on Thursday to public schools along the route of the funeral procession to let their students and faculty join in the welcome “on a voluntary basis.”
Robredo’s remains will be taken from the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City to Malacañang Palace for a two-night wake.
“All schools near the route are requested to queue along the streets and wave yellow flags as a sign of respect,” Almeda said in an interview Friday morning.
She said her last encounter with Robredo was during the inspection of schools damaged by the flooding caused by monsoon rains two weeks ago.
Robredo perished in a plane crash last Saturday off Masbate along with the two pilots of a plane that was to have flown him from Cebu to Naga, his hometown, for a weekend with his family.
Almeda said the students, from high school or Grade 5 and 6, and their teachers will return to their classes after the funeral procession has passed.