Timeline: DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo’s day in Cebu-A A +A
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, 11:45 a.m. - DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo arrived in Cebu on board Cebu Pacific Air for the ground-breaking of the new PNP Regional Training Center in Consolacion
1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Robredo dropped by CICC in Mandaue City to deliver a keynote speech at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Community Investigative Support national summit
Around 2:30 p.m. - He headed to the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA). According to Police Center for Aviation Security (PCAS), DILG and MCIA Public Affairs Division, Robredo was booked for Cebu Pacific’s 3:50 p.m. flight
For reasons known only to Secretary Robredo, he decided to take a private plane instead of taking the commercial flight. The secretary opted to fly using one of the planes of Aviatour Air. He proceeded directly to MCIA’s General Aviations area without passing through the MCIA main terminal building.
3:06 p.m. - Aviatour’s Piper Seneca (RPC 4431) took off at MCIA with Captain Jessup Bahinting, the pilot and owner of Aviatour Air; co-pilot Kshitiz Chand, a Nepalese national; Secretary Robredo; and his aide Police Senior Inspector June Paolo Abrazado.
3:30 p.m. - Abrazado sent a text message to Colonel Ritchie Posadas, PCAS 7 chief, telling him that the six-seater plane was experiencing a problem with one of the propellers and will be returning to Cebu.
Sometime later, he requested to rebook Secretary Robredo and himself for the earliest flight possible out of Mactan. The secretary and Inspector Abrazado were rebooked on Cebu Pacific 5J570, Cebu-Manila that was supposed to leave at 5:05 p.m.
4:20 p.m. - Abrazado informed PCAS-Central Visayas and DILG personnel that they were making an emergency landing at the Masbate Airport
When asked if they were okay, Inspector Abrazado replied: “Okay naman.” That was the last communication received by PCAS from him.
The last communication received by the MCIA control tower from the plane was that they were 150 feet, descending, on the final approach using instrument flight rules (IFR) to Masbate Airport and they may undershoot the runway. (Sun.Star Cebu)