Dinky asks for space for Robredo family

Posted at 08/20/2012 3:56 PM | Updated as of 08/20/2012 6:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman asked the media and the public to give the Robredo family space as search and rescue operations continue for the head of the family.

“Palagay ko, ang dapat nating maging pananaw, ating irespeto ang espasyo na meron sila ngayon. Hindi madali ang dinadaanan nila," said Soliman, who has been with the family in Naga since the fateful incident happened.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Capt. Jessup Bahinting and Nepalese co-pilot Kshitiz Chand remain missing after the Piper Seneca they were in crashed off the waters of Masbate on Saturday afternoon.

In the meantime, Soliman asked the whole nation to pray along with Robredo’s family.

“Hanggang handa silang humarap sa publiko, tiyak tayo magtatanong sa detalye. Pero sa ngayon, makiisa tayo sa kanilang pagdadasal at pagnanais na sila sila ay makakuha ng lakas mula sa isa’t isa,” she said.

She said the Robredo family is thankful for the continuous pouring of support.

“Sinabi na nga kanina na nagpapasalamat sila sa lahat ng nagdadasal at patuloy na nananalangin na maging ligtas si Jesse at kanyang mga kasamahan. Nananalangin sila na magkaroon na ng linaw ang sitwasyon sa lalong madaling panahon,” she said.

Soliman said she will stay with the family per instructions from President Benigno Aquino III and as long as necessary.

“Ang ginagawa ko ngayon, nagiging suporta sa kanila. Bahagi na rin iyon sa pagtulong ng pag-alalay, pag-counsel ng kung anong puwede nilang iharap sa mga darating pang development,” she said.

Soliman described Robredo as a very principled man.

“Si Jesse ay isang taong tumataya sa pagbabago. 'Yung Naga ay isang halimbawa ng kanyang hindi lang salita kundi gawa ng pagpapanday, isang pamahalaan na tumutugon sa pangangailangan ng mamamayan,” she said.