This live blog will compile tweets from Rappler's Ayee Macaraig and Rupert Ambil who are in Masbate, as well as those from DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas and other official gov't Twitter accounts.
Update posted by Mar Roxas at 10am: "Sonar equipment from Cebu has arrived and now being deployed. Search area has depths of 40 to 87 mtrs. Human Scuba can only do 10 min at 40 mtrs before nitro narcosis."
"Inutusan ako ng mga taga-Naga maghulog ng unan ni Sec sa crash site kasi madami silang nabalitaan at naniniwala sila pag hinulog, makikita," said Maria Elizabeth Lavadia, a friend of Robredo's. (via @ayeemacaraig)
"Hopeful kami. Si [Robredo] di magpapatalo yun. Lalaban yan," Lavadia said. Ayee Macaraig says mood in Naga very prayerful.
From Ayee Macaraig in Masbate: Butch Robredo, brother of Sec Jesse Robredo, doesn't speek to media but looks distraught. Earlier, he rode a boat to help deliver food to rescuers. He has a problem seeing, a hereditary problem in their family.
Lavadia, who is also a councilor in Naga, says Robredo's wife Leni has opted to stay in Naga and will only go to Masbate once there's good news. (via Ayee Macaraig)
Sec Roxas on PNoy's mood: Somber, serious, focused. Kung siya lang magoovernight siya dito kaso baka di kayanin ng sched (via Ayee Macaraig)
Roxas relaying Abrasado account: nung una, gusto ng piloto bumalik Cebu pero nagdecide Masbate na.nagka engine trouble, di umabot sa runway
Roxas on Abrasado: Niyakap niya Sec Jess tapos naging unconscious siya pagcrash.kinapa niya, di makapa si Sec, lumabas na nung pataas tubig
Roxas: PNoy talked to Leni Robredo via phone and brother, Butch Robredo. We are hopeful makita si Sec Jess nakahawak sa debris.Search,rescue
Roxas: Bago magcrash, nakatext pa si Abrasado sa Cebu and si Sec Jess sa wife niya.
Roxas: I last talked to Sec Jess sa Friday breakfast namin, regular yan with other LP leaders.We were texting pa later that day about work.
Roxas: We got reports na may nakita ang divers what they think are skid marks but nothing conclusive so far. @rapplerdotcom
Vigil for rescue of Sec Robredo resumes at 3pm at La Salle Greenhills, with a Mass scheduled at 5pm. Both will be open to the public. (via @pcdspo)
Lunch break here at command post in Lasala Beach but out there, divers continue work to search for Sec Robredo
Command post is in Lasala Beach, Barangay Ibingay, Masbate City. Beach has been converted into a command center with mini-huts used by police and first aid; main tent being used by national officials. (via Ayee Macaraig)
PNoy in command post again, talking to cabsecs @rapplerdotcom
Photos were from earlier. Butch Robredo left on vessel earlier. May delay dahil sa 3G delay
It's a day of waiting. Military, coast guard execs periodically get calls from rescue teams but dont divulge info. Divers come and go.
Abrasado (Robredo's aide-de-camp) is on his way to Robredo's residence in Naga City. #MasbateCrash (via @raffymagno)
RT @MARoxas: SaR ops ongoing. Some trace signals of disturbance on sea floor of indeterminate origin indicated by sonar...
RT @MARoxas: .. Divers being deployed to investigate. Choppers scouring coast off ticao island and paf choppers doing masbate SSE coast.
PDRRMC, police team recovered the flight plan in area with skid marks. Officials were able to verify by comparing to photocopy with PNP
RT @MARoxas: To scuba pipol. We r running low on trimix. Any ideas how we can access. Tgt depth is 250-300 ft...
RT @MARoxas: Re: scuba help, we can fly out of manila or cebu. Pls txt to jun abaya at +639175248404.
Yup as tweeted by Sec Mar, Cong Abaya of Cavite is also here at Masbate command center @rapplerdotcom
RT @MARoxas: A/o 1415, so far the paper flt plan is the only item recovered other than the wing part.
It's 433pm Masbate. Witnesses say at about same yesterday, Sec Robredo's plane crashed. No word on him yet @rapplerdotcom