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MANILA, Philippines - Technical divers resumed their search early Tuesday for Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and the two pilots as authorities continue not to lose hope that they will be able to find the three still alive.
The divers started out early morning to be able to cover more ground. Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II said that as early as 6 a.m., technical divers were already preparing to scour the same area they searched for yesterday.
The dive yesterday at about 200 feet below the water only led to the discovery of more debris. The debris were believed to be from the ill-fated Piper Seneca plane that crashed off Masbate last Saturday afternoon.
Aside from technical divers from the Philippine Navy and volunteer divers, Korean divers are also expected to join in today in the search. Roxas tweeted that Navy divers and divers from the Evolution Dives Cebu will target 150 feet while Korean divers will target 200 feet.
Aside from the technical divers, other divers are also expected to go search other areas of the water.
Authorities are also expecting a remote operated vehicle (ROV) from the United States to arrive today from Subic. The ROV will be able to explore an underwater ravine to locate the plane wreck.
Authorities in Samar, Central, and Eastern Visayas are also alerted on the possibility that the three or any debris from the plane drifted in their areas.
The vigil for DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and the two pilots will resume today as prayers continue to pour in for the safety of the three.
The vigil will resume at 10 a.m. with a mass at 11 a.m. at the National Shrine of the Divine Child in La Salle Greenhills, Mandaluyong City. Another mass is scheduled at 11 a.m. and at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
There will also be a mass at 5 p.m. for the three at the Saint Peter Parish: Shrine of Leaders in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.