[PHOTO -Members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines carry DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo’s casket out of the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia during the state funeral in Naga City yesterday. EDD GUMBAN]

MANILA, AUGUST 30, 2012 (PHILSTAR) By Evelyn Macairan -Divers recover second engine: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has already recovered the right engine of the Piper Seneca plane that crashed into the waters of Masbate last Aug. 18, killing Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and two pilots.

“With the successful retrieval of the right engine, the search operation is now terminated,” PCG commandant Vice Admiral Edmund Tan said.

Tan also informed Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas that the right engine has been successfully retrieved and is now being brought to Masbate port.

According to PCG Bicol District commander Commodore Joel Garcia, the divers found the plane’s right engine in waters 186 feet deep and 800 meters from shore at around 12:45 p.m. yesterday.

Garcia said it took the divers five hours to make the second dive because they had to refill their tanks. Before they left the site, they placed a floating balloon marker to indicate the exact location of the engine.

The PCG divers and personnel also took a 10-minute break around noon as a sign of respect for Robredo, who was laid to rest yesterday, 10 days after the crash.

PCG spokesman Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo said that Tan gave instructions that all PCG vessels were to sound their horns at noon for two minutes in memory of Robredo.

Tan said the PCG divers and personnel from their Masbate station did not have not the opportunity to pay homage to Robredo since his body was recovered because their work at the crash site was not done.

The PCG ship BRP EDSA 2 also performed a flower drop at the crash site.

Garcia explained that it was important to recover the right engine, since it will be used in the investigation of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The right engine would help the CAAP find ways to prevent a similar incident from happening again, Garcia added.

Meanwhile, according to a source at the CAAP, the Aviatour Fly’N Inc. insured the ill-fated Piper Seneca RPC-4431 for P2.5 million, while its passengers and crew were covered for P500,000 each.

The insurance policy MICO/AV/00/201100519 covers the period from Oct. 16, 2011 to Oct. 15, 2012.

The source said if the plane was insured for P4 million, the family of the passengers and crew could claim up to P1-million each in insurance coverage in case of death.

According to documents shown by the source, the plane was sold to Aviatour Fly’N Inc. in Cebu on Sept. 24, 2007. The aircraft bill of sale, however, did not indicate the amount of the sale. – With Perseus Echeminada

Jesse's 'other woman' By Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) Updated August 29, 2012 12:00 AMComments (4)

[PHOTO -Our Lady of Penafrancia, Penafrancia Shrine, Naga City]

MANILA, Philippines - Aside from his wife and daughters, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo has another woman in his life – “Ina,” or Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patron saint of Bicolanos.

Robredo had been a devotee of Our Lady of Peñafrancia since he was 16 years old, which spoke well of his compassion for the poor and the needy.

Fr. Kulandairaj Ambrose of the Missionaries of the Poor, a personal friend of Robredo, said the late DILG secretary was compassionate to the poor and needy.

Robredo’s widow Leni personally requested Ambrose to officiate the last Mass at the funeral.

During Ambrose’s homily, the crowd, which filled the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia in Naga City, applauded seven times in appreciation of Robredo’s dedication to public service and for being a great man.

“The souls of the just are in the hands of God and no torment will ever touch them... They are at peace. They will receive great good because God tested them and found them worthy of Himself,” he said.


Robredo parents not told of son’s death  Philippine Daily Inquirer

The late secretary Jesse Robredo’s parents—Jose Chan Robredo and Marcelina Manalastas, both in their 80s and bedridden, have yet to be informed about the death of their illustrious son, according to elder and only brother Butch.

Butch said the Robredo siblings had agreed that the medical practitioners among their kin, would be the ones to decide when to break the bad news to their parents.

He said if ever that would happen, only their mother would be told because members of the family could communicate with their father only through touch.


Robredo's dad rushed to ICU Posted at 08/29/2012 4:56 PM | Updated as of 08/29/2012 4:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Jose Chan Robredo, father of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, was rushed to hospital last Monday due to pneumonia.

Butch Robredo, older brother of the late DILG chief, said their 89-year-old father was brought to the intensive care unit of the Mother Seton Hospital in Naga City at 2 p.m. He said their father has been in and out of the hospital due to illness.

The Inquirer reported on Wednesday that Jose, who is bedridden, hasn't been informed that his son is dead.

The late DILG chief was given a state funeral in Naga City on Tuesday. He and 2 pilots were killed after their plane crashed in the sea off Masbate last August 18.

Robredo left behind his wife, Maria Leonor, and 3 children, Jessica Marie "Aika", Patricia and Jillian. -- Report by radio dzMM

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