Philippine Official Missing

    Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo, vice chairman of the probe body tasked to investigate the botched bus hijack rescue operation on August 23 which left eight Hong Kong tourists dead, leaves the Department of Justice building after a scheduled meeting with President Benigno Aquino did not eventuate, at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on September 17, 2010. President Aquino was reviewing a report calling for charges to be laid against those behind the bungled response to a bus hijacking that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead. The fiasco has cast a shadow over Aquino's fledgling presidency, led to allegations of official incompetence and sparked an angry backlash in Hong Kong, one of the Philippines' key tourist markets. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Philippine official and two pilots are missing after their plane crashed en route from Cebu City to Naga City on Saturday. The official, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Manalastas Robredo, was on his way to an award ceremony for his daughter when the plane encountered problems, missing the nearest airport and crashing into the ocean. A Robredo aide who was also on the flight and rescued by fisherman said the three other men were still in the plane. The U.S. Navy has now joined in the search effort.

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