Palace assures assistance to family of Pinoy who died in hajj stampede
Malacañang on Saturday assured that the family of the Filipino who died in the hajj stampede will receive assistance from the government, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Saturday.
"Rest assured that our Philippine Consulate in Jeddah is already in contact with the family, and the President has also been apprised of the situation, and ang instructions po ng Pangulo diyan is ibigay po natin ‘yung necessary assistance doon po sa pamilya ‘nung biktima," Valte said over state-run dzRB.
Valte, meanwhile, said that the Department of Foreign Affairs have not yet received any reports of other Filipino casualties in the hajj stampede, which left more than 700 people dead and hundreds more hurt.
"We have no other reports of any other citizen that was involved in the tragic incident," she said.
Saudi King Salman said he had ordered a review of haj plans after the disaster, in which two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometres east of Mecca, on their way to performing the "stoning of the devil" ritual at Jamarat.
The disaster was the worst to occur at the pilgrimage since July 1990, when 1,426 pilgrims suffocated in a tunnel near Mecca. Both incidents occurred on Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), Islam's most important feast and the day of the stoning ritual.
Dr. Abdulnasser P. Masorong Jr. of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), meanwhile, said that six other Filipinos died due to various various diseases during the hajj pilgrimage.
Masorong said one of the victims died after heart attack while on a plane bound for Saudi Arabia. The others died from heart problems, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and severe pneumonia.
The DFA has yet to confirm the deaths of the other Filipino pilgrims. —Rie Takumi/ALG, GMA News