World Bulletin/News Desk
The Philippine interior minister and two others went missing after a light plane carrying them crashed at sea off a central island on Saturday, an army spokesman said.
A search for the plane and its passengers was called off late on Saturday because it was too dark and the water too deep for craft available, police said.
Jesse Robredo was on his way to his hometown in the central Camarines Sur province from Cebu when the propeller-driven Cessna plane he was on malfunctioned and the pilots decided to land at the nearest air field on Masbate island.
Robredo, 54, is an ally of President Benigno Aquino.
Witnesses saw the plane plunging into the water, about 500 metres (1,640 feet) from the runway. Robredo's police escort was rescued by fishermen and brought to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
"They were not able to make it to the airport," Colonel Generoso Bolina, an army spokesman told reporters, saying they immediately sent search and rescue teams but could not find any wreckage.
Local television said Robredo was on the phone with his wife hours before the plane went down, saying the propeller had stopped working.
Mobs of people have burnt down a mosque and looted shops in apparent reprisal for an attack on three Zimbabweans on Tuesday, which left one man dead, while a second man died in hospital on Thursday afternoon.
Former deputy premier and ex-state chief had shared opposition stage to condemn PM and government
Says her new government 'understands we have to create an environment where our people want to return'
Sam Rainsy in self-imposed exile in US after warrant for his arrest issued stemming from years-old defamation case
US President Barack Obama said Mansour was targeted because he was an obstacle to the peace process
Indonesian FM confirms nationals kidnapped by gunmen in latest hijacking of foreign crew in Sulu Sea
800 injured after torrential downpours, hailstorms, tornado batter parts of Yancheng
Mob attacks man accused of building religious school at house’s compound without permission from authorities in Bago region
Torrential downpours, hailstorms and tornado batter parts of city of Yancheng
Boat captain reported to have said gunmen introduced themselves as Abu Sayyaf, demanding $4.9 million for release
India plans to make Hindu refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan citizens by August
Military-backed opposition adds voice to those saying will not use 'Muslim Community in Rakhine State' to describe Rohingya
Abu Kassim Mohamed was head of body probing alleged irregularities involving state wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd
NKorea threatens US, while South Korea warns reclusive neighbor for continued development of nuclear weapons
Cruise ships to bring Chinese tourists to non-militarised areas of disputed South China Sea islands, media reports.
One of Pakistan's most renowned qawwali performers is shot dead by gunmen in the southern port city of Karachi.