The victims included the pilot and co-pilot as well as a number of children, Bernabe said.
The plane crashed in Better Living Subdivision, Taiwan St., setting fire at a nearby elementary school and a shanty town.
According to Manila airport official, soon after taking off from the domestic runway, the pilot found a problem. He requested the tower for relanding, but the plane crashed before it could reach the runway.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.