Reports came in today that the 2 Pinay nurses trapped in the rubble of the CTV building are dead. This was at least relayed to the relatives of the victims. This is an unfortunate news to the relatives as they are still hoping that the 2 nurses are still alive.
Most of the family members of those caught up in the ruins of the CTV building are still at a vigil near the place. New Zealand police has cordoned off the site and will not allow family members near the ruins.
I was just wondering what the government has done to try and reach out to the trapped Pinay nurses. Did we send in our own rescue mission? Did the Philippine government offered to help on the search and rescue efforts? Or we just sit here and waited for 10 days for someone to die in vain. Which is which I don’t know. What I do know is that the longer it takes, the lesser chance it is for these 2 nurses to survive.
Let’s share the pain of the family members…
Two nurses from Iloilo City were confirmed to be among those trapped and feared killed in the collapsed Caterbury Television (CTV) building, which collapsed on Feb. 22. The Filipina nurses by the name of Maria Louise Amantillo and Valquin Bensurto are flatmates of those who received mobile phone calls for help from the two who were buried in the rubble. Sadly, their friends could not do anything but wait for their rescue.
“Hindi ko na kaya (I can’t bear it anymore).” These words from Amantillo were one of the last phone conversations she had with her roommates hours after the 6.3-quake struck.
A graduate of the St. Paul University Iloilo, Louise is the second of four siblings of Linda and Alexander Amantillo. She left for New Zealand on Feb. 10, just 12 days before the tragedy, hoping to find work as a nurse. Filipino nurses Amelodin Disalongan, 24 and Joan Bunda, 24, said Amantillo had made more than 10 mobile phone calls to them between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. after the quake.
However, it has been six days already and the authorities have not heard from the victims through text messages. But the families and friends are hopeful that the two are still alive, they said in an interview.
They further stressed that the government reaction is too slow and that they feel they have no support. The families of the victims are not allowed to go to Christchurch by the government for security reasons and this has brought even more suffering to the families. They appealed to the New Zealand embassy to clear the travel of the families of the missing victims and to continue the search for her daughters.
The families really can’t do much at this point and they will leave it to the power of their prayers and God for a miracle.