It has been more than 36 hours of rescue and counting since the plane crash happened with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and the four others on board including the survivor, Police Sr. Inspector Jun Abrazado, Robredo’s aide-de-camp. The rescue operation is still ongoing.
DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas, besides being hopeful for a significant development in the ongoing rescue operation, is very general in advising the public out of hopeless circumstances.
What did he mean for “significant development”? Was he comforting us out of hopeless circumstances? Or, are we hoping for a sign of life 250 feet under water after more than 36 hours?
Filipinos’ positive attitude even under hopeless situation is a no-brainer to argue with it. In fact, it helps a lot for us to win some and lose some.
The rescue operation today is intensified. Rescuers will be using the remote operated vehicles (ROV) to advance their search.
It would be nonsense for us if we are still hoping for a sign of life 250 feet under water for more than 36 hours. On the contrary, we would be as hopeful as we could that at the end of the day only the wreckage would be found forlorn. Because in this sense, only a significant development could become significant. Robredo’s and the two pilots’ families and the public may hope that the secretary and the two others missing are alive even if this hope is too narrow to count on.
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- Rescuers Search for Philippine Minister in Plane Crash (irrawaddy.org)
- DILG Sec. Robredo still missing (rojan88.wordpress.com)
- Aquino still in Masbate to oversee resumption of search for Robredo on Monday (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Rescuers search for Philippine minister, 2 pilots after plane crash (gulfnews.com)