MANILA, Philippines – The family of Jesse Robredo is not losing hope that the Interior and Local Government secretary will be found alive, even as rescuers enter the third day of search operations Monday.
Jun Lavadia, a close friend who is now serving as the family's spokesman, said Robredo's wife, Atty. Maria Leonor Gerona-Robredo, and three children, Aika, Patricia and Jillian Therese, have chosen to stay home in Naga City while waiting for significant developments.
"Grabe po talaga, hanggang ngayon, ako personally 'di natin maako (matanggap) na grabe ang nangyari sa kanya. Sobrang isang araw na. Halos buong Naga City, kahit iyung mga wala sa Pilipinas, tumatawag sa atin, nag-iiiyak. Hanggang ngayon di natin maako na wala pa si Sec. Robredo," Lavadia told ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.
"Umaasa ang pamilya na mayroong balita ngayon, pero mas minarapat nila na doon na lang sa bahay mag-hintay. Pero umaasa tayo sa good news na maibibigay sa kanila," he added.
Lavadia said Robredo's family and friends are hoping for the possibility that the Interior secretary was swept to an island or was found by a fisherman.
"Iyun ang iniisip namin na si Sec. Robredo ay buhay. Kung ang eroplano makukuha ngayong araw ay sana wala doon si Sec. Robredo. Kapag wala siya doon ay inaasahan naming siya ay nasa isla lang o nakuha ng isang mangingisda," he said.
The prayer vigil by government officials and other concerned people for Robredo resumes at 8 a.m. today at La Salle Greenhills. A vigil was also ongoing at the Robredo residence in Naga.