Pinay doctor killed, family hurt in Tiananmen car crash
MANILA (UPDATED) – A family of four was among the victims in Monday's fiery car crash in Tiananmen Square in China, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.
DFA Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said the mother was among the five killed when a car plowed into a crowd in the square.
"We don't know yet the nature of the mother's injury that caused her death," said Hernandez.
Her husband and two daughters were also among the 38 people injured in the incident.
"The father and one of the daughters have suffered a fractured thigh while the other daughter sustained a minor sprain," he said.
In an earlier interview, Dr. Leo Olarte of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA), identified the fatality as one of their own, Dr. RizaLina Bunyi, an obstetrician gynecologist based in Imus, Cavite.
"Namatay on the spot si Dr. Lina Bunyi," Olarte said on DZMM on Tuesday.
Olarte added that Dr. Bunyi's husband is a pediatrician.
"Si Dr. Nelson Bunyi, past president ng Cavite Medical Society, which is a local component-society of the Philippine Medical Association," said Olarte.
The Los Angeles Times managed to interview Bunyi, who survived the attack with a fractured leg. He said he was on the sidewalk with his wife and two daughters when they saw the vehicle headed toward them.
"A lot of people were running and jumping, but it was too late for me... It was a white car and it was coming very, very fast. I fell to the ground. I remember there was smoke, not much else,"Bunyi told the LA Times.
Dr. Olarte added that the Bunyi family was on vacation in Beijing.
"Nagbabakasyon, tinitingnan lang nila yung Tiananmen Square at sa kasawiang-palad binanga ng isang jeep," he said.
Olarte appealed to the Philippine government to extend all possible assistance to the Bunyi family.
"Kami ay nananawagan sa ating mahal na pangulong PNoy at gubyerno na tulungan sana ang repatriation ng katawan ni Dr. Lina Bunyi na makauwi dito sa Pilipinas, at sa Cavite, sa kanilang bahay, at tulungan din si Dr. Nelson Bunyi at kanyang mga anak," said Olarte.
The DFA said it is now working with the Public Security Bureau regarding the immediate repatriation of the family to the Philippines.
Chinese police are now looking for two suspects from the restive Xinjiang region. They also issued a notice asking local hotels about suspicious guests who may have checked in since October 1st.
Security has already been beefed up at Tiananmen Square, the site of the 1989 pro-democracy protest brutally crushed by Chinese authorities. Reports from ANC, Johnson Manabat and DZMM