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It’s been on the news since last night that Secretary Robredo is missing. According to my mom, Secretary Robredo is one of the good guys in the government – straight as an arrow, which is a rarity nowadays. The plane that he was on crashed into the ocean in Masbate last night, along with two pilots and his aid, who managed to escape. At this point, his family is just hoping that they will recover his body.

It’s so sad. Can you imagine waking up one day to find out that someone you really love – dad, mom, sibling, boyfriend or girlfriend, friend – is missing? According to a philosopher (I don’t really remember but this isn’t my thought – heh, plagiarism scare), the ultimate fear of humans is the fear of the unknown. I guess it just makes sense that finding someone is missing is even worse than finding out he’s dead. I suppose it’s even worse now – Secretary Robredo was the mayor of Naga for several years; he’s affected so many people’s lives and he seems like a very good guy. I can’t even imagine the pain that the people he knew are going through. I hope he’ll be alright; I’m praying really hard for him.

If there was anything that I learned from this, it’s that I treasure the people around me a whole lot more. What if one day, you just hear that they’re not around and you don’t even know where they are? Here’s to texting everyone that I love them, because you’ll never know when they’ll just disappear.

Secretary Robredo, I am praying for you and your family. I hope they find you. 😦