After the plane which he boarded last Saturday crashes off the sea of Masbate, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo has yet to be found after 3 days of search and rescue operations.
Sec. Robredo was bound for Naga from Cebu when the 6-seater Cesna plane carrying him and 3 others crashed in sea of Masbate. Shortly after the crash, Robredo’s aide Senior Inspector Jun Paolo Abrazado who suffered from broken arm and back was rescued by a fisherman. But the DILG Secretary and the 2 pilots are still missing.
President Noynoy Aquino with Department of Transportation and Communtication (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas immediately flew to Masbate to personally supervise the search and rescue operation for Robredo. Different agencies including US Military are currently helping in the search and rescue operations in Masbate to locate Robredo and the 2 pilots. Technical divers are targeting to do a more deeper and more narrow search of about 250-300 feet.
Meanwhile the Robredo family are still in high hopes that the DILG Secretary will be rescued and found alive. In a interview with the reporters Robredos daughter aika said “Hopeful pa din pero lahat kasi kami, siyempre mahirap na umasa ka ng umasa, so may management of expectations din kami, pero sa ngayon tuloy pa din ang dasal.” She also thank all those who are helping them in this ordeal. She also acknowledge the help of the President for personally overseeing the search and rescue efforts and all other cabinet officials who are praying for their father.
President Noynoy Aquino on the other hand assured the family that the government will exert all efforts to find Robredo and the 2 others. He continues to reach out to the family and said to believe in miracles. Different prayer vigils are also held for the safe rescue of Rebredo and the 2 pilots.
- Search resumes for Robredo, 2 pilots (newsinfo.inquirer.net)