I do not know personally the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jess Robredo but I was shocked at the news yesterday Saturday that his plane he was riding to Naga City from Cebu City crashed in the water just short of the airport of Masbate. He was supposed to take a commercial flight to Manila and make a connecting flight to Naga. The impact of the water landing threw out his aide who survived with a broken arm. Two pilots and Sec. Robredo were reportedly strapped to the doomed plane.
Sec. Robredo epitomizes a breed of young politicians who are really dedicated to serve their constituency. He has served six mayoral terms in Naga City, his first was when he was only 29 years old!
I believe no one can survive a chilly more than 24 hours exposure to water without air, but we still hope that he has survived somehow like the miraculous escape of his aide. Already parts of the Piper Seneca turboprop plane were retrieved (a part of the right wing).
The latest update is that surface search will continue while diving and aerial rescue operations will be resumed on Monday [See the reference below]. Dead or alive, we want his body found and bring finality to this horrible incident on a Saturday afternoon.