[PHOTO -The remains of the late Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo arrive at Naga City Hall Sunday, August 26, 2012. Photo from Official Gazette’s Facebook account.]

MANILA, AUGUST 27, 2012 (INQUIRER) Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo’s remains were returned to his hometown on Sunday.

The plane carrying his casket arrived at the Naga City airport from Villamor Air Base in Manila a little past 9 a.m.

Under an overcast skies, nine honor guards from the Philippine National Police carried the casket draped in Philippine flag.

After the Arrival Honors, the casket was loaded into the hearse at 9:23 a.m. and the cortege left the airport going to the Naga City Hall, about seven kilometers away, where A mass will be held for him.

At 2 p.m., a necrological service will be held by Nagas pastors and ministers, according to the schedule posted in government’s official website.

His wake will be opened for public viewing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. before offering another Mass. The public viewing will open again from 9 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.

Earlier at the Villamor Air Base, President Benigno Aquino III led high-ranking government officials and Cabinet members a 15-minute departure honors, TV reports said.

As early as 6 a.m, policemen lined up along Quirino Avenue and Osmena Hi-way to pay their last respect for Robredo, who was killed with his two pilots in a plane crash in the waters off Masbate City last August 18.

For the second time, a “water salute” was also offered for Robredo when his funeral cortege passed through the South Expressway, Communication Secretary Ricky Carandang said on his Twitter.

Robredo will be laid to rest on Tuesday in Naga City. With Juan Escandor Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon.

Bahinting to be buried in Cebu hometown Monday By Cris Evert Lato Inquirer Visayas 1:06 am | Monday, August 27th, 2012

CEBU CITY—The body of Captain Jessup Bahinting, the pilot of the ill-fated Piper Seneca that crashed into the seas off Masbate on August 18, was transferred to Ginatilan town on Sunday morning.

Bahinting, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and Nepali copilot Kshitiz Chand died in the crash.

On August 21, the body of Robredo was recovered from the fuselage of the plane, which sank 180 feet around 800 meters from the shoreline. The bodies of Bahinting and Chand were recovered on August 22 and 23, respectively.

Margaret Rose Veniegas, the Bahinting family’s designated spokesperson, said the funeral car bearing Bahinting’s body left the St. Peter Memorial Chapel on Imus St., Cebu City, around 11 a.m. Sunday for the Jessup Margie’s Beach Resort in Ginatilan town, around 130 kilometers southwest of Cebu City. An overnight wake was scheduled at the family resort in Barangay (village) San Roque, Ginatilan on Sunday.

Ginatilan is the hometown of Bahinting’s wife, Margarita.

The Cebu City government has offered vehicles for the transport of people who would like to pay their last respects to Bahinting in Ginatilan.

The members of the Grace Communion International will hold their last service at the resort at 2 p.m. Monday. The family belongs to the Grace Communion International, a Christian denomination based in Southern California.

After the service, the funeral procession scheduled at 3 p.m. will proceed from the resort to the Ginatilan Cemetery, where Bahinting will be buried.

Veniegas said they were expecting more than 300 people to pay their last respects to Bahinting.

“Some called up and said they will just go to neighboring towns of Moalboal or Samboan to stay in resorts so they can be with the family to honor Captain Bahinting,” said Veniegas.

Pilots, employees and former Aviatour employees will wear white shirts bearing “We Love JMB.” JMB stands for Jessup M. Bahinting.

Veniegas also said that the Nepalese pilot Chand’s body was flown at 7:30 a.m. from Cebu to Manila then to Qatar.

The body will then be boarded on another flight to Kathmandu, Nepal.


'Robredo pilot had licenses but not encoded' By Perseus Echeminada (The Philippine Star) Updated August 27, 2012 12:00 AMComments (1)

MANILA, Philippines - The commercial and flight instructor pilot licenses of Jessup Bahinting, which expired last April 8, were renewed but were not encoded into the database of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), a source in the agency said yesterday.

The source told The STAR that based on the document flow, Bahinting applied for the renewal of his licenses on April 24 and these were released on May 2.

But supporting documents, which included the check test as the last requirement for the processing of the licenses, were not forwarded for encoding in the CAAP computer data bank.

The source also said a closer look at the supporting documents showed Bahinting took his “check test” last March, a month before he applied for the renewal of his licenses.

“The process of renewal was irregular because the check test should only be taken after the submission of all requirements. The check test is the final step before the licenses are released,” the source said.

The source said the CAAP database showed the commercial license number of Bahinting was 75-C-25, meaning he was the 25th commercial pilot licensed in 1975, while his flight instructor license number was 76-15 issued in 1976.

The requirements for renewal of commercial pilot and flight instructor licenses are medical certificate, clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation, and a record of at least 10 flying hours three months before the expiration of the licenses.

The final requirement is the check test where the applicant will fly a plane with a test pilot to evaluate if he is still capable.

The source also said Nepalese student pilot Kshitiz Chand, the co-pilot of Bahinting, had no rating to fly the Piper Seneca plane since his rating is only for Cessna 157 and 172 light planes.

Based on the initial findings, Bahinting’s body was found strapped at the right seat of the cockpit, an indication that he was not the pilot in command during the flight.

Sources at the CAAP said the Nepalese student could have been building up flying time to accumulate the necessary 10 flying hours to get the rating for Piper Seneca planes.

Bahinting and Chand were the pilots of the Piper Seneca that carried Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and his aide Senior Inspector June Paolo Abrazado.

The plane developed trouble and crashed at sea last Aug. 18, during an attempt to make an emergency landing in Masbate. Only Abrazado survived the crash.

Bahinting’s widow, Margarita said the allegations on the expired licenses of her husband had no proof.

“They are putting down my husband and all those allegations are not true and I don’t know where they get it,” she said.

She added that her husband renewed his licenses last March.

Bahinting was the owner and operator of Aviatour Air, where the ill-fated chartered plane was registered.

Aviatour human resources manager Michelle Ferol said they would appeal their suspension of operations before the CAAP.

Ferol said the CAAP had ordered the suspension of the whole Aviatour services, including its air taxi, aircraft sales and maintenance services, and flying school.

“We will make an appeal to CAAP not to include the flying school since there are over 100 students involved,” Ferol said.

In the meantime, Ferol said the students understand the situation of the school and will wait until CAAP lifts the suspension.

To be laid to rest

Bahinting’s remains arrived at the hometown of his wife in Barangay San Roque, Ginatilan, Cebu yesterday.

Four hours earlier, the body of Chand was flown back to Katmandu, Nepal. The remains were flown from the Cebu-Mactan International Airport at 11:30 a.m. yesterday for a flight to Manila via Philippine Air Lines. From Manila, the flight will have a brief stop in Thailand before flying to Nepal.

The casket of Bahinting was temporarily placed at the function room of the beach resort owned by the family for a one-night wake before interment today at a private cemetery in Ginatilan.

Relatives, friends, and neighbors waited for the arrival of Bahinting’s body as they praised how the pilot extended a helping hand during times when they needed help.

Bernabela Matas, 76, said her brother-in law was one of the kindest persons she knew who had done good things to her family and to the community.

“He has a selfless heart in helping other people who are in need,” Matas said.

Jesus Larot, 61, personally went to Ginatilan from Larena, Siquijor, to pay respects to his first cousin.

Larot said Bahinting was a great loss to them for he had helped them when they needed either financial or moral support.

Larot shared how the late captain struggled to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot even if it meant leaving Leyte, Bahinting’s home province.

Bahinting left Leyte and went to Davao where he started his dream of becoming a pilot. His study was sponsored by a foreigner friend who was a member of the Grace Communion International, a Catholic denomination.

Mrs. Bahinting thanked friends and even strangers for the support.

Rostica Sasan, 59, from Samboan town, said she personally went to Ginatilan to attend the wake out of curiosity.

Sasan said she never saw Bahinting or knew him personally but heard of his good deeds. – With Niña Sumacot, Ria Mae Booc/The Freeman

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