Victims' families, survivors remember Sasa wharf bombing

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Monday, April 4, 2011


VICTIMS' families and survivors of the Sasa wharf bombing lighted candles as they commemorate the attack that killed 17 people and injured 56 others on April 2, 2003.

Eight years after the tragic incident, Aurilla Espera, 48, and a mother of three, has yet to recover from the lost of her two children who were killed in that explosion.

Because it was summer vacation, her two children, one was 14-year-old and the other was 8, were at the wharf helping her tend to her small business.
She was injured in the explosion but lost her two children.

"Dili nako malimtan kung unsa sila ka but-an, pag-walay klase, ginatabangan ko nila sa akong pag-pamaligya (I cannot forget how good they were and they used to help me when they don't have classes)," she said.

Espera is among the many mothers who suffered for the lost of their children and family members in that terroristic attack.

Clarita Yapuc, though fortunately none of her family members were killed, was hit by shrapnels and she can still clearly remember the feeling when the bomb exploded.

Present during the commemoration was Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, reminding the victims' families to cherish the memories of their loved ones.

Instead of living in grief, she told them to make the tragic event as a lesson to move on and to improve relationship with each other.

It can be recalled that around 6 p.m. on April 2, 2003, the city was shocked by the bomb explosion blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an international terror group.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 04, 2011.

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