Philippine minister Robredo feared dead in plane crash
MANILA (AFP) - Helicopters and divers were searching on Sunday for one of the most powerful Philippine politicians, feared dead after a light aircraft he was travelling in crashed into the sea.
President Benigno Aquino took the lead in the search for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, a day after his plane went down about a kilometre from the central island of Masbate.
Mr Aquino flew to Masbate where military divers and helicopters were scouring the area for the minister, a close presidential aide, who is missing along with two pilots.
Transport Secretary Mar Roxas, who accompanied Mr Aquino, said special sonar equipment had been flown to Masbate to help in the search operation after some debris, including one wing of the missing plane, was recovered.