Robredo’s parents unaware of situation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2012 05:12 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2012 01:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- The parents of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo are still unaware of what happened to their son.

DzMM’s Dennis Datu reported that Robredo’s parents have not been informed of Saturday's plane crash because of their fragile condition.

Jose Robredo Sr. and Manalastas Robredo, who are residing at Barangay Tabuko in Naga, are already very old, said Jun Lavadia, Robredo’s friend.

Robredo’s house is located at Barangay Dayangdang, where his wife, children and other close friends are keeping vigil.

His wife, Maria Leonor, is also awaiting the arrival of his aide, Jun Abrazado.

Abrazado earlier said Robredo was still able to send a text message to his family in Naga before the accident, telling them they are about to go back to Cebu after experiencing engine troubles.

The aide said he even hugged Robredo and made sure his seatbelt was fastened.

When the plane finally crashed into the sea, Abrazado said he still tried to check if Robredo was still beside him. He said he could not anymore determine if the Cabinet secretary was still there. That was when he decided to go up for air.

Fishermen were later able to discover Abrizado, who helped pinpoint where the plane crashed.