[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

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
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
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

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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