Pray for Robredo, pilots
NEGROS CHURCH, GOV'T OFFICIALS CALL
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Leaders of Muslim and Christian groups and government officials in Negros Occidental yesterday called for prayers for Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two companions who were on board a light plane that crashed into the sea about a kilometer off Masbate Saturday afternoon.
Transportation and Communication Secretary Manuel Roxas II said President Benigno Aquino, who was in Masbate yesterday to personally lead the search and rescue, remains focused and intent on finding Robredo and his companions.
Even as darkness fell last night, Roxas insisted that the operation was still “search and rescue”.
on as plane sunk'
MANILA – The aide of Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo recalled yesterday the horrifying moments before and during the time of impact when their light plane plunged into the sea off Masbate Saturday afternoon.
Police Senior Insp. Jun Abrazado said the impact rendered him unconscious for a while but he regained consciousness just in the nick of time to extricate himself from the aircraft before it finally went underwater.
Abrazado related what transpired during the intense few moments inside the ill-fated plane before it crashed, to President Benigno Aquino, who flew to Masbate early yesterday morning to supervise the search-and-rescue operations for the missing plane with Robredo and two pilots on board.
Political will vs. small
scale mining urged
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Political will is needed to stop the small-scale mining operations at the boundary of Sipalay City and Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, that use hazardous and toxic chemicals, Eriberto Madalag, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Environment and Management Office Regulatory Services Division, said.
Madalag, who briefed members of the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council Friday in Kabankalan City on the status of mining operations in southern Negros, said that, despite the issuance of a cease-and-desist order by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the illegal activity continues.