”I’m sorry, I’m in a hurry… I have a flight to catch”.
These were the last words of Secretary Jesse Robredo to reporters who tried to interview him at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) just hours before the plane he boarded the private plane for Naga City.
On July 9, 2010, President Benigno Aquino III named Robredo as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government. Robredo was formerly the Mayor of Naga City in Camarines Sur. He was also the first Filipino mayor to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000.
On August 18, 2012 (PHT), the aircraft carrying Secretary Robredo crashed off the shore of Masbate City. He was scheduled to go home and watch her daughter’s swimming competition in Naga City. The Philippine Department of Interior and Local Government said that the pilot sent a distress call to the Masbate airport requesting an emergency landing. The plane never made it to the airport and crashed in the ocean. His body was retrieved three days later, August 21, 180 feet below sea level.
This is also confirmed while I monitor my twitter account.
Farewell to one of the few people in the present administration whom we can say that he “walked the straight path“.
- With this grief that we are experiencing this moment, we should not forget to thank those people who helped in locating the ill-fated plane and retrieve those who are lost. The Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy and Philippine Army — and volunteer divers Filipinos and foreigners, enlisting 600 individuals, 17 ships of various sizes, and 9 aircraft.
- Meanwhile, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has signed Proclamation No. 460 s. 2012, proclaiming August 21 until Robredo’s interment National Days of Mourning.
This entails that the national flag will be at half-mast from sunrise to sunset in all government offices and landmarks, even posts in abroad for six days.
“Furthermore, from today, August 21, 2012 until the date of internment, the national flag shall be lowered to half-mast in Malacañan Palace, the City of Naga, and in all offices and installations of the DILG, BFP, BJMP, LGA, NAPOLCOM, PNP and PPSC,” the proclamation said.
- Philippines interior minister missing from plane crash (edition.cnn.com)
- Divers can’t find Robredo, 2 pilots (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Philippine minister feared dead in plane crash (nzherald.co.nz)
- Palace declares national days of mourning for Robredo (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Philippine minister’s body found in wreckage (ireport.cnn.com)
- Body of Philippine minister in plane crash found (miamiherald.com)
- Philippine minister’s body found (bbc.co.uk)
- Aquino brings Robredo home (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Body of Missing Philippine Gov’t Minister Found (abcnews.go.com)
- Jesse Robredo Plane Crash: Filipino Politician Found Dead, 180 Feet Below Sea After Plane Goes Down Off Masbate (ibtimes.com)