Arroyo: Let us have faith that Robredo survives

Posted at 08/19/12 10:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is praying along with the rest of the country for Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who remains missing after his plane crashed in the waters off Masbate Saturday afternoon.

In a statement, Arroyo said she has "high hopes that the good Secretary will eventually be found, out of harm's way.”

She added: “Let us have faith that we can come across this tragic event and that Sec. Jesse will be blessed to survive.”

President Benigno Aquino III and several Cabinet officials are now in Masbate to oversee the search and rescue operations for Robredo and the pilots of the ill-fated Piper Seneca.