Roxas appeals for prayer for missing Robredo, two others

August 19, 2012 8:49 am 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Aug. 18 – Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas appealed for prayer for the missing Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jessie Robredo who was on board a light plane that crashed in the sea off Masbate City Saturday afternoon.

”He is one of the best men. Let’s pray for him,” Roxas said in an interview with cable channel ANC.

Roxas said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) told him that according to the pilot, prior to the crash, the four-seater Cessna aircraft experienced engine trouble “only about one kilometer from the shore.”

According to reports, the plane carrying Robredo and three others, including two pilots and his aid Police Senior Insp. Jun Abrazado crashed about 500 meters away from the runway of Masbate airport, where the plane was supposed to have an emergency landing.

Abrazado was reportedly rescued by fishermen from the crash site and has even joined a group of rescuers to pinpoint the crash site after he was given first aid.

CAAP director general William Hotchkiss said in GMA-7 News that the ill-fated plane was owned by the pilot, Capt. Jessup Bahinting. Bahinting’s co-pilot is Kshitiz Chand, a Nepalese.

Robredo attended a gathering in Cebu and was heading to Naga City when the incident took place around 4 p.m.

In an interview with radio dzRH, Masbate City Mayor Socrates Tuazon said he was with Bantay Dagat,which joined the PCG and Philippine National Police (PNP) in the ongoing search and rescue operation.

Tuazon said he received reports that the fishermen recovered one of the plane’s wings. (PNA)

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