MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda assured the public of normal operations at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) amid the search and rescue operations for its chief, Jesse Robredo, and two others.
In a statement, Lacierda said: “We advise the public that the priority of the authorities at this time is the ongoing search and rescue efforts for Secretary Jesse Robredo and his companions.
We assure the public that the normal operations of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and its attached agencies, continue, and are unhampered by the ongoing rescue effort.”
He said President Benigno Aquino III will be making further announcements concerning DILG at the proper time. Aquino has taken over the DILG reins in the meantime.
Meanwhile, Lacierda said the vigil for the rescue of Robredo, pilot Capt. Jessup Bahinting and Nepalese co-pilot Kshitiz Chand continues at the National Shrine of the Divine Child in La Salle Greenhills, Mandaluyong City.
There will be a mass at 5 p.m. and the vigil will continue after.