Heads up, Pinoys!-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
LAST Friday’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer bannered the Chinese government’s expression of sympathy to the victims of last Monday’s terror attack at the Beijing’s Tiananmen Square which killed a Filipino, Doctor Rizalina Bunyi, wounding her husband and two daughters in the process. The statement was reportedly made by Mr. Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry official, for and in behalf of his Government.
The Chinese Government’s official statement said, “We are distressed by this unfortunate incident and express condolences to the victims and sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured.”
What happened was that a driver of a vehicle plowed into a crowd of tourists and visitors at the Square, killing and injuring a number of them. The Chinese government has blamed terrorists as the ones responsible for that violent incident.
The similarity between that tragedy and the one suffered in August 2010 by Chinese tourists from Hongkong in the hands of enraged policeman Rolando Mendoza at the Rizal Park cannot be avoided. To this day the Hongkong and Chinese officials insist that President Noynoy Aquino must personally apologize to the Chinese people for that incident which killed several tourists and injured others, on top of the victims’ families’ claims for damages. They adamantly reject the President’s expressions of sympathy and condolences, insisting that nothing short of a presidential apology will suffice.
Yet, when one of their own killed a Filipino doctor and injured the rest of her family the Chinese officials did exactly what President Noynoy did; only express words of sympathy and condolences to the victims, short of an official apology. If anything, that reaction only affirmed the correctness of PNoy’s response.
I do find our government more sympathetic and sincere. The expressions of sympathy and condolences came from the highest official of our land. On the other side, Chinese President Xi Jinping has not said a word in behalf of his government. A lower functionary gave that statement which was quoted in the newspapers.
Filipinos share the loss of the Bunyi family at the death of Mrs. Rizalina Bunyi, as well as condemn all acts of terrorism committed upon anybody. Our government did right, leaving the investigation of the incident into the hands of the Chinese authorities, the atrocity having been committed on their shores.
We have acted correctly, and no one, especially not the Chinese people, can tell us otherwise.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 04, 2013.