|Sec. Robredo’s 1st Death Anniversary: Recalling the unfortunate incident|
|Written by Rey Magtoto, Bicol Pulse|
|Sunday, 18 August 2013 07:00|
“Sa kagustuhan kong ma-save ang bossing ko, niyakap ko siya prior to impact,” Senior Inspector June Abrazado recalled the plane crash which took Jesse Robredo’s life, former DILG secretary, last August 18, 2012. Robredo’s police aide, Abrazado, still gets emotional whenever he remembers the unfortunate incident near the Coast of Masbate that happened a year ago.
Abrazado lost consciousness after the plane nose-dived towards the sea. They were flying from Cebu where Sec. Robredo had a speaking engagement with the local police officials in behalf of President Benigno Aquino III.
Because of Robredo’s eagerness to come home to his family in Naga City, CamSur, he decided to take a chartered flight over a commercial plane.
The plane took off from Mactan International Airport in Cebu, but started to experience engine trouble after 30 minutes of flight. Despite the imminent danger, Robredo never panic or felt discomfort according to Abrazado.
The plane continued its journey until it reached the Masbate coast. Unfortunately, the moment Captain Jessup Bahinting sent a distress signal to the Masbate airport, no one was in the control tower during that time.
Sadly, Robredo’s police aide was the lone survivor in the plane crash; a local fisherman from Masbate found him.
Three days after the incident occurred, Robredo’s body was found by Mathew Calwell, who was an auxiliary technical diver of the Philippine Coast Guard. He was among the foreign divers who helped locate the wreckage of the plane.
However, days before the first death anniversary of former interior secretary, Caldwell was allegedly killed during an altercation with a security guard in the Hamilton Heights subdivision in Las Pinas, according to the report.
The PCG condemned the killing and expressed its sympathy for Caldwell.
Meanwhile, Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo retraces Sec. Robredo’s final steps in Cebu last August 15 as she graced the opening of an exhibit on modern day heroes, where her husband is being considered as one.