President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has flown to Naga City late Monday to brief the Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo's family on the ongoing search and rescue operations for the Cabinet official and two pilots whose planed crashed off Masbate island on Saturday.
Before flying back to Manila from Masbate City where he has flown early Sunday, the President went to Naga City to meet Robredo's wife Leni and their three daughters.
The trip was announced in a 3 p.m. press briefing by Transportation Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, who has been appointed as the official spokesperson on the search and rescue operations.
Roxas declined to give details on what the President will tell the Robredo family, however.
"Wag po tayong mag-speculate. Gusto lamang pong makausap ng ating pangulo si Mrs. Robredo (Let us not speculate. The President only wishes to personally speak with Mrs. Robredo)," Roxas said.
In a statement delivered after a mass in their Naga City home, Mrs. Robredo asked supporters to continue praying for the safe rescue of her husband.
She also thanked officials of the Aquino administration who she said were all "there to watch over her."
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman has been with the Robredo family since Sunday.
Soliman in a press briefing on Monday said the Palace will continue to extend support to the Robredo family as the Interior and Local Government is yet to be found.
Robredo's 24-year-old daughter Aika meanwhile said her family remains hopeful but is also being "realistic."
As of press time, Robredo and the two pilots of the Piper Seneca plane remain missing while the Cabinet official's aide de camp Police Senior Inspector Jun Abrasado has been rescued.
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