MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile extended his condolences to the family of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, whose body was found 3 days after a fatal plane crash.
“I deeply mourn the untimely demise of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and extend my sincere condolences to his family,” Enrile said in a statement released Tuesday.
Enrile said Robredo “epitomized genuine commitment to reform and dedication to duty both as DILG Secretary and as Mayor of Naga City for 18 years.”
Enrile described Robredo a well-loved public servant who “will be greatly missed.”
“On behalf of the Senate, I join the rest of the nation in grieving over the passing of a well-loved public servant,” he said.
Enrile also urged the government to extend full state honors for Robredo.
Robredo was killed after a plane carrying him and 3 others crashed off the coast of Masbate on Saturday.
Robredo’s aide survived the crash. Robredo’s body, meanwhile, was found Tuesday morning.
Search and retrieval operations are ongoing for the two pilots.