DFA says only one Filipino died in hajj stampede
Amid reports that six Filipinos died at the hajj, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said only one was killed in a stampede during the pilgrimage.
Foreign Secretary Charles Jose on Saturday reiterated that there was only one “stampede-related” Filipino casualty in the Muslim gathering in Saudi Arabia.
The stampede came weeks after a massive construction crane crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing more than 700 pilgrims.
According to a Radyo Inquirer 990AM report, six Filipino pilgrims bound for the annual hajj have died due to several illnesses.
The report quoted Dr. Abdulnasser P. Masorong Jr., director of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), as saying the six died due to heart problem, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and severe pneumonia.
The identities of the casualties, however, have not been disclosed. Nestor Corrales/RC
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