Robredo's parents not yet told son is dead

Posted at 08/29/2012 11:08 PM | Updated as of 08/30/2012 12:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The siblings of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo have decided not to tell their parents that he passed away.

They were initially planning to tell their parents about it once the siblings were all in Naga, but canceled the plan.

Jesse's brother, Butch, said both their parents have poor health, and they won't risk telling them what happened.

Their father, 89-year-old Jose Robredo Sr., is currently in an intensive care unit because of pneumonia.

Butch said their mother is also very weak, but excited to see Jesse.

He recalled that when one of his sisters visited their mother two days after the crash, she told them she wanted the house cleaned for Jesse's visit.

For now, Butch said he would just tell his parents that Jesse is busy with work if they ask where he is.

Jesse's three sisters left Naga City on Wednesday, thankful for the outpouring of love and support for him.

Dr. Jocelyn Robredo-Austria said all the love and recognition Jesse is getting even in death helps ease the pain of his loss, but that it would take time for them to move on.

For Butch, the reality of his brother's death is just beginning to sink in now that the ceremonies for the days of national mourning have ended.