Beijing trip was treat to daughters: victim's dad
MANILA – It was supposed to be a happy vacation for the Bunyi family in Beijing, China. But tragedy struck just a day after the family set foot in Beijing.
A car plowed into a crowd in Tiananmen Square and then exploded on Monday, killing Dr. Rizalina Bunyi and four others, and leaving scores injured including her husband, Dr. Nelson Bunyi, and their daughters.
"May kasama po na dalawang college students na 3rd year medicine proper, at yung bunso po ay 2nd year medicine proper. Kasi po maganda ang grade nung dalawang batang yun sa semester sabi papasyal sa Beijing," said Rodrigo Camia, the father of Dr. Rizalina.
The family who based in Imus, Cavite, went to Beijing last Sunday as a treat for their daughters Francesca Isabel and Mikaela, who received good grades this semester.
Their eldest son, who is also pursuing medicine, was not with them on the trip.
"May fracture po si Dr. Nelson at saka yung bunsong anak na si Mikaela. Parang sinibasib sila ng kotse," Camia said.
They only learned of the tragedy when one of the daughters sent a message to her brother in Manila.
"Nag text yung si Kil, si Francesca Isabel, sa kanyang kapatid na nasa condo ng UST, kay Jolo, na sinasabi na naaksidente nga raw sila," Camia said.
On Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said representatives from the embassy in Beijing already visited the family in the hospital.
DFA Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez also said the embassy will provide the family with the necessary assistance.
"Ang gusto po ng aking manugang, si Dr. Bunyi, maiuwi na sila. Dito na ma-operahan," said Camia.
Also on Tuesday, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) appealed for the government's help in repatriating the remains of Dr. Bunyi and assisting her injured family. Reports from Bandila and TV Patrol