[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
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
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
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
"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 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

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

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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