TICKER: Plane crashes in Philipinnes, top government official reported to be on board

Officials say a light plane carrying Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo has crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing. At least one person has been rescued but there is no immediate word on Robredo’s fate.

Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II told DZBB radio that the Cessna plane took off from central Cebu city on Saturday afternoon and was heading to Robredo’s home town of Naga city in Camarines Sur province when the pilot informed the Masbate airport that it would make an emergency landing, but it crashed into the sea.

He said an aide of Robredo was able to jump out and was rescued.

Robredo is one of the members of the Cabinet closest to President Benigno Aquino III and helped his election campaign in 2010.

AP

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