ROBREDO REMAINS BACK HOME TO NAGA / FAMILY, NAGA CITY AWAIT BODY
[PHOTO -OFF TO NAGA CITY. Military personnel carry the metal casket containing the remains of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo to the C130 plane at Masbate Airport after the body was recovered on Tuesday. The remains were brought to Naga City a few hours later. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA]
MANILA, AUGUST 22, 2012 (INQUIRER) By Karen Boncocan - The body of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo has been brought back to his hometown Naga City Tuesday, a few hours after technical divers found and recovered his body in the waters off Masbate.
President Benigno Aquino III personally saw the return of Robredo, considered to be one of the most powerful of his cabinet officials, to his wife Leni and daughters Aika, Patricia and Jillian. He was accompanied by other members of the cabinet: Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Presidential Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang.
Robredo’s body has been placed in a metal coffin and television reports said that it will be brought to the Archbishop’s Palace where a public viewing is expected to start at 5 p.m.
It was one of the foreign technical divers who spotted the overturned Piper Seneca plane’s fuselage during his dive Tuesday morning, said Roxas who became emotional as he recounted how the body of Robredo was recovered.
He said that the fuselage was found overturned 800 meters from the shore at a depth of 180 feet.
Roxas was quick to clarify earlier that the DILG chief’s body was retrieved first because he was the easiest to reach as the pilots–Captain Jessup Bahinting and Nepalese flight student Kshitiz Chand– had been inside the cockpit. He said that divers had to be careful in their retrieval operations as there was a possibility of the fuselage being swept to deeper areas.
The discovery of the bodies ended a difficult three-day search that started when their Piper Seneca plane crashed into the waters off Masbate Saturday afternoon.
Robredo’s bodyguard, Chief Insp. Jun Abrasado, made a dramatic escape from the doomed plane and was rescued by fishermen.
Family, Naga residents await arrival of Robredo's remains Posted at 08/21/2012 1:03 PM
The family of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo is awaiting the arrival of his remains in Naga City airport. The wake for Robredo, who died in a plane crash in Masbate on Saturday, will reportedly be held at the Archbishop's Palace starting 5 p.m. Tuesday. Dennis Datu reports live. DZMM, August 21, 2012
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