But Friday, Jesse Robredo is the new Official Interior and and Local Government (DILG) secretary. Mr. Robredo is very qualified:
He was a former mayor of Naga city, showing his political skills by winning 6 three year terms.
and to top it all, he is a Ramon Magsaysay awardee for government service.
Robredo holds an MPA (Master's in Public Administration) from Harvard University.
Of course Robredo has some connections with Bicol's politics:
From the Inquirer
Robredo is nephew and protege of Luis Robredo Villafuerte, one of Bicol’s most influential political leaders and head of a team that reorganized government under the late President Corazon Aquino.
Jose Barrameda, second cousin of Villafuerte and local historian, said Robredo knew how to use power without offending his opponents.
“He has learned to use power but not nakedly,” said Barrameda. “He sets certain limits and would not go beyond them.”