Vigil held for Robredo's successful rescue

Posted at 08/18/2012 9:31 PM | Updated as of 08/18/2012 11:52 PM

MANILA. Philippines (UPDATE) – A vigil was held at the National Shrine of the Divine Child inside the La Salle Greenhills (LSGH) campus in San Juan on Saturday to pray for the successful rescue of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and his companions.

Robredo and two pilots went missing after the plane carrying them crashed off the coast of Masbate Saturday afternoon.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing, as of posting.

His aide, Capt. Jun Abrazado, survived the crash and is being treated for injuries.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda called on the public to pray for the safe rescue of the government official.

“We ask those who wish to join our fellow citizens in prayer to go to LSGH and join their fellow citizens at this time of deep concern. We ask that you keep the family of Secretary Robredo and those engaged in rescue efforts in your prayers as well,” he said.

Lacierda was among those who joined the vigil in LSGH.

Other government officials and politicians who attended the vigil include Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, Senator Frank Drilon, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. -- With a report from Bettina Magsaysay