MANILA, Philippines - Local celebrities on Tuesday joined millions of Filipinos who mourned the death of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Stars such as Kris Aquino went on microblogging site Twitter to express their sadness over the death of Robredo, whose body was recovered Tuesday morning.
Last Saturday, the small Piper plane carrying Robredo, his aide, and two pilots crashed 150 meters away from Masbate airport as it attempted to make an emergency landing due to engine trouble.
"My prayers go out to Sec. Jesse Robredo and his family. May God continuously bless the Robredo Family," television host Andrei Felix said.
"Pls RT LaSalleGH vigil for Sec Jesse Robredo, Jessup Bahinting, Kshitiz Chand continues today, masses at 11am and 4pm. All welcome," singer Leah Navarro said.
"Ipagdasal po natin si Sec Robredo at ang kanyang naiwang pamilya, pati narin ang dalawang nasawing piloto at kanilang mga naiwang pamilya," actress Jodi Sta. Maria said.
For actor-comedian Chokoleit, he said: "Saddened by the turn of events. We lost a good man. A great public servant. An epitome of leadership. Rest in God's Arms, Sec.Jesse Robredo?"
Comedian-actress Kakai Bautista, she said: "Magkikita kayo ni #NinoyAquino sa HEAVEN Sec. Robredo! Masaya ang mga Angels. ???
"R.I.P. Sec. Jesse. Heaven is your reward for a life well-lived. You will always be an inspiration to so many," Ormoc Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez said.
"Rest in God's peace Sec. Jesse Robredo...," Bossa Nova singer Sitti said.
For Queen of All Media Kris Aquino, she believes that Robredo is now having a good conversation with her father, the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino II.
Aside from the death of Robredo, Filipinos now commemorates the 29th death anniversary of Ninoy.
"Sec Jesse Robredo- thank u for being a great Filipino. Our deepest condolences to your family. I am already imagining your spirited conversations w/ our Dad. U were always 1 of Mom's favorite mayors because u exemplified simplicity in true public service," Aquino said.