Mom not told daughter died in China


DEATH IN THE FAMILY The Bunyis of Imus, Cavite—Mikaella (left), Dr. Rizalina Bunyi, Dr. Nelson Bunyi, Francisca Ysabel and Jose Lorenzo PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY RAFFY LERMA

IMUS CITY, Philippines—Pacencia Camia, 83, was growing impatient over the broken television set at home. She was also starting to wonder why her doctor daughter, Rizalina Bunyi, had not yet called since she and her family left for China on Sunday.

“The TV is actually working, but we told her [it was not] so [she won’t hear] the news,” said Shirley Camia, a relative of the Camias.

Pacencia’s husband, Rodrigo, 83, said he would tell his wife he had hired workers to clean their compound should she inquire about the relatives and visitors coming in and out of the family residence in Bayan Luma IX village here.

Relatives had offered to have the TV repaired, but Pacencia refused.

“She told us not to bother because Lina (Bunyi) was coming home soon and would have it fixed for her,” Shirley said.

Rizalina, 55, is coming home but she can no longer send the television to the repair shop.

Beijing attack

She was one of five people who were killed when a speeding sports utility vehicle plowed through pedestrians on a sidewalk in Tiananmen Square in Beijing before bursting into flames on Monday in what Chinese authorities believe was a terrorist suicide attack.

Four other people died and dozens of others were injured in the crash, including Rizalina’s husband, pediatrician Nelson Bunyi, and daughters Francisca Ysabel, 23, and Mikaella, 21.

The Camias are trying to keep the news about Rizalina’s death from Pacencia, who has weak lungs, up to a day before the arrival of the body from China.

They have no idea when they can tell her the bad news.

The Bunyis were vacationing in Beijing and were supposed to return home on Thursday in time for All Saints’ Day. Rizalina had ordered flowers for departed family members.

The family has sought help from the government for the immediate repatriation of Rizalina’s remains, while Nelson, through relatives, has asked that he and his daughters be treated here. They are being cared for at Tongren Hospital in Beijing.

Community doctors

“The trip was (the parents’) reward to their daughters because they did well in school,” Shirley said.

The couple’s eldest child, Jose Lorenzo, 25, stayed behind for school. The three Bunyi children are medical students at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Rizalina, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and her husband are community doctors in Bayan Luma IX.

“(Nelson) is my children’s pediatrician. Very nice couple,” resident Arnel Mendoza said.

The only daughter of a policeman—who later became a mayor of this town in the 1960s—and a market vendor, Rizalina took up medicine on her father’s prodding.

She met Nelson, who hails from Calamba City, Laguna province, at Far Eastern University when she was 17.

“I would take her clothes to her in her dormitory and remind her that she could have a boyfriend only after she had turned 18,” Rodrigo said.

“When she turned 18, she told me she already had one. I felt slightly hurt seeing my eldest child off, but I talked to Nelson and he promised to take care of Lina,” he said.

Good to others

Rizalina was a good mother, and not only to her own children but also to her patients. She used to run a weekly feeding program at her parents’ compound here for senior citizens and about 40 malnourished children in the community.

At Christmas, Rizalina would help her father put together parties for children of poor communities in the province.

Shirley said Rizalina also supported the education of six other children in the family and gave free consultations to relatives and poor neighbors.

“Among those who cried immediately after hearing the news was a man to whom Lina lent P6,000 to buy a pedicab of his own,” Shirley said.

She said that after the driver had paid back the loan, Rizalina gave him back the whole amount and told him to use the money for his family.

The Bunyis lived in a house at her parents’ compound but recently bought their own in another subdivision, also in this city.

Before the Bunyis left for China, Rodrigo said Rizalina left the key to their home with him and told him that everything her parents needed were there.

“It was like a premonition,” like his daughter was saying goodbye, he said.

The Camias are waiting for information from the Department of Foreign Affairs, which is working for the return of Rizalina and her family to the Philippines.

On Wednesday, Rizalina’s younger brother Rodrigo Jr. and Nelson’s siblings left for Beijing to help make the arrangements.


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  • Mickey Lim

    Hello DepEd, you’re already late all the time issuing orders for suspension of classes during typhoons and students are already in school.  Public teachers also receive their salaries and 13th month pay late all the time.  Hypocrites! Suggest you discipline yourselves first about being on time before telling others to do so. 

  • blogger

    This is really sad. I think China should apologize for their security failure.

    • kabayongtao

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they refuse and say it’s an isolated case.

      • Fall2011

        Exactly. Now, let’s see what those Chinese esp those from Hongkong will have to say about this!

      • leomar101

        They would say, like this: Your president should apologize first to us Hongkong citizens. then perhaps we the Chinese people through our president will apologize also to you Filipino people after few years of delaying it. That’s fair play in motion.

      • Bainnoki

        Two wrongs do not make a right.

      • lazy_dawg

        you mean two ‘wongs’ don’t make it right, right ?

      • walaywalay

        stupid–china apologizes for terrorists is equal to Philippines apologizing for police and government is like ADMITTING the Philippine POLICE & GOVERNMENT ARE TERRORISTS!!

      • purpledaisy13.

        You are the the one the product of 5000 years of stupidity of China.

      • purpledaisy13.

        HongKong is not Chinese anymore. They are called Hongkongers. Mainland Chinese are Chinese. Million of people , Children are killed by China through poisoning with lead, formaline , mercury laden foods and products. China should apologized over and over again to the world not only by killing in broad daylight in Mao shoktong square. Mao shoktong is the Murderer of 100 million of Chinese and asian people but Chinese communist are make him god.

      • walaywalay

        1 year ago
        A U.S. diplomat’s husband, Major George Anikow, has been stabbed to death in the Philippines after intervening in a row outside the exclusive residential compound where he lived.
        three businessmen and one student were charged today with killing the father-of-three, who had served as a civil officer in Afghanistan before being posted to the Philippines.
        Major George Anikow’s wife and their three children aged 12, 10 and six have stared at their broken TV set for the last year waiting, hoping, praying for justice to be served, listening for any news as to when their fathers murders–all free on bail

      • purpledaisy13.

        1. French guy in Shanghai, about four or five years ago, who hit and killed a local while riding his scooter. He was drunk, unlicensed and the scooter was unregistered.

        2.A young British tourist has been found murdered in horrific circumstances at the Great Wall of China.

        Graduate Tom Dawson, 24, had had his throat cut and suffered multiple head wounds.

        3.One tourist was killed and 18 others were injured Sunday by falling rocks at a scenic site in northern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

        4.BEIJING —

        Three elderly Japanese tourists died after being trapped in sudden heavy snowstorms during a visit to the Great Wall of China, state media reported Monday.

        5.A 20-year-old tourist in China was hospitalized after eating chuanr lamb skewers that were laced with rat poison.

        6.Pictured: Inside the hotel where British businessman Neil Heywood was ‘poisoned’ as David Cameron demands answers from China over his killing
        7.Tourists and staff at a Sichuan hotel in China were poisoned by noodles served at breakfast in the Pearl Garden Hotel. 57 people showed signs of food poisoning and 33 remain in hospital. One unfortunate tourist died from the poisoning. The noodles contained sodium nitrite, a compound that is lethal in tiny amounts.

        8.Western tourists (mostly female) visiting China are ending up dead, likely poisoned. Local officials have blamed the use of the insecticide DEET as an exotic ingredient in so-called “Bucket Drinks”, or the use of Chlorpyrifos in hotel rooms. But Deborah Blum, an author and poison expert, doesn’t buy into the insecticide theories offered by local officials. She thinks this looks like targeted murders. Since writing about the poisonings, she says she’s been contacted by people who claim poisoning foreigners is common in 5-star hotels, and the police and owners cover it up.. A Facebook group was formed not only so that world travelers could share safe travel tips, but also so that notice of the unexplained, and often uninvestigated, deaths could be made public.

        9. In China Food plant worker admits to having laced products with insecticide

        A man stood trial on Tuesday accused of poisoning frozen dumplings, including some that were exported to Japan, which made 13 people ill in 2008.

        Lyu Yueting, 39, appeared at Shijiazhuang Intermediate People’s Court and prosecutors said he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    • walaywalay

      how many hostages heads have rolled on Philippine soil after being chopped off by 1 of the 5 active terrorist groups? how many times did the RP gov apologize or pay compensation for any of them? ZERPO
      WHY? because just like China gov it was the enemy of the gov and not the gov itself who committed the crime–why should anyone apologize for someone else?

      • purpledaisy13.

        Sa Roxas blvd Chinese binanga ang girl friend. Chinese brought badluck to Filipinos, that brought them wealth. Mga bwisit!

      • blogger

        Chinese people such as Taiwanese and Hong Kongers started this. That is why China being the origin of Chinese people should show that they can do what they are asking or be an example.


    HIWAGA ng buhay. Ang dami-daming mga dapat na pangyarihan ng ganitong sakuna pero doon pa sa hindi nararapat na mangyari naganap. Swerte pa din ang trio Losr Ladrones sa pagkakataong ito.

    (makakatipid na sana sa tingga ang bayan kung….)

  • dummier

    Sayang marami pa sana matutulungan. Bat mailap sa boybabs na politician ang ganitong scenario.

  • purpledaisy13.

    Sa China pag d ka mamatay sa SARS at Bird Flu patay ka sa sak sak o sa polusyon.

  • Cobra

    Condolence to the Bunyi and Camia family!

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