DFA: No Filipino casualty in Belgium attack

admin   •   May 30, 2018   •   2295

Police officers are seen on the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The Philippine Embassy in Belgium confirmed that there were no Filipinos among the three casualties in the Liege, Belgium attack.

Based on the report of Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Eduardo Jose de Vega, a man with a knife attacked and killed two policewomen. He then seized the  police handgun and used it to shoot a man sitting in a parked car.  He was holding a woman hostage before police fatally shot him.

Authorities are considering the incident as a terrorist attack. The country offered its sympathy to the victims’ families.

An estimated 8,000 Filipinos are living in Belgium and about a hundred of them are in Liege. — UNTV News & Rescue

At least 17 injured after knife attack on Tokyo train

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 1, 2021

A 24-year-old man dressed as the Joker character from the Batman comics attacked passengers on a Tokyo subway on Sunday (October 31), injuring at least 17 passengers and sending people scrambling to escape.

The suspect reportedly stabbed a passenger then attempted to set the train on fire. Some of the passengers  climbed through the train’s windows to get away from the attacker. The incident happened in Keio Line train near Kokuryo Station in the city of Tokyo.

Twitter posts showed a video of passengers running through carriages away from the fire. Media reports say the suspects was immediately arrested.

The incident was the the second knife attack on a Tokyo train in three months.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Japan confirmed that no Filipino was injured or affected by the incident. AAC


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PH Navy rescues 2 Malaysians, 2 Filipinos from capsized speedboat in Tawi-Tawi

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 11, 2021


The Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) on Friday rescued four passengers of a capsized speedboat in the vicinity of the seawaters off Sibutu Passage, Tawi-Tawi province.

Two Malaysian nationals and two Filipinos were rescued after the NFWM received information about a speedboat that capsized west of Bongao Island, Tawi-Tawi on October 7.

It was found that the speedboat capsized due to bad weather and unfavorable sea condition. The boat sank along with its light cargoes leaving the four floating in the water for 15 hours.

All four passengers suffered minor injuries and were exhausted after long hours of floating at sea waiting to be rescued. They were identified as Hassan Bin Sayadi, 59 years old, and Majid Bin Ajahun, 46 years old, both Malaysian nationals, while the two Filipinos were identified as Jerry Erni, 35 years old, and Solar De Leon, 40 years old.

The passengers said they came from Sabah and were en route to Bongao via Sibutu aboard their speedboat.

“Without the report of the commercial vessel and the rescue effort of the Philippine Navy, maybe we are already dead. This is our second life and we owe this to you,” said a teary-eyed Hassan Bin Sayadi in Malay.

The rescued individuals were turned over to the Fleet Medical Team of Naval Task Group Tawi-Tawi for proper medical attention. AAC


Filipina nurse dies after being knocked down in Times Square NYC

UNTV News   •   October 11, 2021

A Filipina nurse in the United States died on Sunday from injuries sustained after she was knocked to the ground in Times Square, New York.

The Philippine Consulate General in New York identified the victim as Maria Ambrocio from New Jersey.

“We grieve with the rest of the Filipino Community over the death of our kababayan, Maria Ambrocio, a 58-year-old health frontliner from Bayonne, New Jersey, who is the latest victim of deranged individuals on the loose in New York City,” the Consulate General said in a statement.

She had been on life support for the head trauma she sustained on Friday afternoon after she was knocked down by someone who was described as a mentally disturbed homeless man.

Ambrocio was walking with a fellow Filipino near Times Square after visiting the Philippine Consulate General when she was struck by the suspect who was reportedly being chased after grabbing a mobile phone from someone.

“We have joined calls for authorities to take the necessary steps, including heightened police visibility, to protect the public after we noted the surge in anti-Asian hate incidents that targeted some of our kababayan,” the consulate said.

“We also supported calls for authorities to take the necessary measures to address mental health issues, especially among the homeless,” it added.

“We reiterate these calls as we mourn our loss, but we also ask ourselves: How many more Maria Ambrocios do we have to mourn before the streets would be made safe again?” the consulate further said.


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