MANILA, Philippines – The hosts of ABS-CBN Sunday talk show “The Buzz” said they are also offering prayers for the safe return of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Speaking on the show on Sunday, host Boy Abunda said he personally knows Robredo as a good man and he is fervently praying that the secretary is okay.
“Kasama po kami, ako personally, sa mga nagdarasal para kay Jesse Robredo, ang secretary po ng DILG na isang personal na kaibigan,” he said.
“He’s a good man. We don’t know where he is yet pero ako ay nakikiisa sa pamilya, kaibigan at lahat ng sumusuporta kay Jesse Robredo sa pagdadasal. I am hopeful. Siya ay isang kaibigan. Ako ay taos-pusong nagdarasal sa Diyos,” Abunda added.
Host Charlene Gonzales, on the other hand, said he is amazed by Robredo’s humility.
“Let me extend my wishes to Jesse Robredo and his family. I had the chance also to meet him and he was such a humble and nice person,” she said.
Gonzales also shared that her husband Aga Muhlach, who already expressed his intention to run for Congress in the 2013 elections under the Liberal party, received a text message from Robredo last week saying he can run to him whenever he has problems.
“Nagulat nga kami ni Aga kasi just a couple of days ago, nag-text siya kay Aga saying he was proud of him and happy birthday. If there’s anything that he can do, don’t hesistate to call daw. Kaya ko lang po sinasabi ito, it just goes to show that despite his power, there’s so much humility talaga,” she said.
A small Piper aircraft carrying Robredo crashed in the sea off Masbate City Saturday afternoon.
Masbate Vice Governor Vince Revil said the plane carrying Robredo, his aide and two pilots, crashed 150 meters away from the Masbate airport as it attempted to make an emergency landing.
Revil said Robredo’s aide, identified as Capt. Jun Abraado, has been rescued from the crash site.
As of posting, diving and air search and rescue operations have been suspended for the evening and will resume Monday morning. Surface operations, on the other hand, will continue all night, according to Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas.
President Aquino arrived in Masbate early Sunday morning to oversee the overall search and rescue efforts.