It’s breaking all over the news now. They’ve found Secretary Jesse Robredo and the two pilots.

Apparently, the plane’s fuselage was nose down in the muck at the bottom of the sea. The pilots were in the cockpit. The Secretary, much closer to – I presume – the door.

What a sad development.

Like many, I had been kinda hoping that this would have a television ending – after long and apparently fruitless search, the protagonist turns up alive, having cheated death through a combination of luck and breathtaking skill. But real life disappoints. And the Secretary lies on the deck, fallen … well you know the rest.

Just as you probably are not surprised that, even as they were discussing the man’s death, ANC anchors just can’t resist asking their guest for his opinion on the scuttlebutt that Robredo was a possible future president.

That may have been a fairly innocuous statement, but for some reason, it just rubbed me the wrong way. Since they were engaging in mindless chatter anyway, I would have much preferred that they talked about that survivor, Abrasado.

I’m no newshound but it seems very little has been said about his part in all of this. On Karen Davila’s show, it was said that if the plane had ditched with its landing gear retracted, it might have been able to stay afloat for 5-10 minutes. That’s a bloody long time. The fact that it did float for a while was actually confirmed by one of the fishermen on the scene at the time. And certainly, if  Abrasado was able to wrest that Seneca’s door open and throw himself out into the water, then it stands to reason that Robredo at least may have had the opportunity to save himself as well.

Unless of course, he was out cold.

With the search over, another must now begin. The search for truth. At the center of that search is Abrasado. Callous as it may seem, the lone survivor must be asked the hard questions, even if those questions seem tailored to incriminate him. After all, the survivor of any crime is, by default, at least a person of interest if not the principal suspect. It’s just the way it is. There are those, particularly on twitter who are over-eager to rise to the man’s defense with their sentimental pap about the plane crash wasn’t his fault.

Seriously. Are we ready to declare that with finality? With so little information to hand, can we declare anything with finality? Let’s not be too quick to clear anyone of culpability, I say. Most certainly not this Abrasado who survived an accident that claimed three lives. He may turn out to have merely been truly fortunate in the end, but for now, he should not shy away from the harsh glare of inquiry. To do so would dishonor the man he was supposed to have been serving as aide-de-camp to.

Secretary Jesse Robredo has been found. Now it is up to us to find out how and why such a good man was taken from us.


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