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)
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)
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)