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Jesse Robredo is dead

Jesse M. Robredo (May 27, 1958-Aug 16, 2012) Ateneo de Naga HS'74 Mayor of Naga City (1988-1997, 2000-2010) Interior and Local Government Secretary, Republic of the Philippines

Naga City (Aug 21, 2012) - Department of Communication and Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas confirms this morning that the lifeless body of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo was recovered at around 8:00 A.M. today from the wreckage of his plane that crashed off the shore of Masbate City last Thursday ( Aug 16, 2012).

The wreckage of the ill-fated plane was positioned upside down when sighted by volunteer drivers 800 meters from the shore. The bodies of Sec. Robredo and the two pilots were seen trapped inside the plane.

Sec. Robredo's body was easiest to retrieve and was pulled up to the surface, placed in a body bag and loaded into a Coast Guard ship.

As Sec. Roxas spoke, the bodies of the two pilots were being retrieved by divers. Roxas also said that President Aquino himself broke the news to the family of Sec. Robredo. He also appealed to the media to refrain from disrupting the transport of Robredo's body en route to Naga City.