BEIJING, China – The Chinese government has officially offered public condolences to the family of a Filipina doctor who died Tuesday in an alleged politically-motivated attack in Tiananmen Square in the capital.
A spokeswoman from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying expressed regrets over the incident and offered condolences to those who died in the car crash. When asked to comment during a press conference, Hua said, “We are distressed by this unfortunate incident and will express our condolences to the victims and sympathies to their families,”
The Filipina physician, Dr. Rizalina Bunyi, was with her family, visiting as tourists at the historic square when a speeding car crushed her to death along with another Chinese man and injuring 38 others in the crowd — including Bunyi’s husband and two daughters. The driver of the car and its two passengers were also killed in the rampage.
The husband, Nelson Bunyi, also a doctor, and his daughters suffered injuries on their legs and thighs and are now being treated in a hospital. Dr. Lina Bunyi however, died at he scene.
The Chinese government remains mum and refuses to disclose any further detail regarding the incident.“Relevant departments are investigating this incident. Maybe we should have some patience and wait for the results of the investigation,” Hua added.
Kyodo News, a Japan-based newspaper reported that Chinese security officials have arrested and detained five (5) possible suspects to be questioned regarding the deadly crash.
According to the police, the report said, jihad flags and knives were found in possession of the suspects who are believed to be members of an ethnic minority group. The flags reportedly showed ‘extremist religious contents’, similar to what were found with the driver.
Meanwhile, Dr. Leo Olarte of the Philippine Medical Association, of which the Bunyi couple are active members, appealed to the Philippine government to extend help in the repatriation of the Bunyi family, including the body of the deceased doctor.