'Abrasado did everything he could'
MANILA, Philippines - The Robredo family has nothing but gratitude for the late Jesse Robredo's aide-de-camp, Jun Abrasado, currently the sole survivor of a plane crash that took the life of the former Interior Secretary.
"Nagpapasalamat yung pamilya ko kay Jun, ginawa niya lahat ng kaya niyang gawin. Wala po kaming masabi sa pamilya niya kundi salamat," Aika Robredo, eldest daughter of Jesse Robredo said in a Tuesday interview on ABS-CBN's Bandila. (We're very thankful to the family of Jun. He did everything he could. We don't have anything to say but thank you.)
She said that although they have not had the chance to speak to Abrasado himself, her mother has already spoken to Abrasado's parents.
In the moments leading to the fatal plane crash, Aika said her father was very calm.
The late Jesse Robredo spoke to his wife Leni just as the plane was having trouble.
"Hindi na namin ikinagugulat yun. Kalmado talaga siya basta sa eroplano," she said. (That wasn't surprising at all. He's always calm when it comes to traveling by air.)
Robredo also wasn't the type to panic, she said.
Aika said the family is at peace. "Paniniwala ng magulang ko na kung oras mo na, oras mo na," she said. (My parents believe that when your time is up, that's it.)
Public sentiment over her father's passing is also helping the family cope.
"Malungkot man kami, nakikita naman namin na marami palang nagmamahal kay Papa. Nakakatulong po sa amin iyon nang malaki," she said. (We are sad but at the same time, we're seeing how so many people loved Papa. It's helping us a lot.) - Rappler.com
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