MANILA, Philippines -- Jillian Robredo, the daughter of late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, is now using her father's watch, which the well-loved public servant was wearing during his fatal plane crash last weekend.
Despite the impact of the crash and being submerged in 55 meters of saltwater for nearly three days, the watch -- a Philippine-made Timex -- is still working, according to Robredo's wife Atty. Leni Robredo.
"Sabi ko nga magandang advertisement sa Timex," Mrs. Robredo said in a brief press conference in Naga City on Thursday. "’Yung relo after three days underwater, it was still working. The time was accurate."
Most Timex watches are made in the company's factory in Cebu.
Robredo’s remains were found off the coast of Masbate Tuesday morning. His plane, a small Piper Seneca, crashed into the sea Saturday afternoon. He was on his way home to Naga City for the long weekend when the accident happened.
Both pilots, Captain Jessup Bahinting and Kshitiz Chand, perished in the crash, while Robredo's aide, Jun Abrazado, was the lone survivor.
Timex is known for its water-resistant watches. "Timex is known for having watches that will take a beating, so no matter what type of water activity you plan on doing, these watches are sure to suit your needs," an online review of Timex watches said.
Although labeled as “water-resistant,” a watch is usually not designed for long-term use in water-depths. But one that has the mark “diver’s” may withstand the corrosive effects of salt water.
Apart from the watch, the family also recovered Robredo's necklace, which is now being worn by his daughter Tricia.
Mrs. Robredo also recovered her husband's wallet.
"I have his wallet kaya lang hindi ko na magagamit 'yung pera kasi basang basa na," she said.