Wife of Filipino fisherman who died in Taiwan bridge collapse seeks help

Published October 3, 2019, 11:38 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Noreen Jazul

The wife of one of the Filipino fishermen who died in the bridge collapse in Taiwan is seeking financial aid from the government.

Rescuers conduct a retrieval operation in the scene of the collapsed Nanfangao Bridge in Nanfangao, Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan, 01 October 2019. (EPA-EFE/RITCHIE B. TONGO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Rescuers conduct a retrieval operation in the scene of the collapsed Nanfangao Bridge in Nanfangao, Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan, October 1, 2019.
(EPA-EFE/RITCHIE B. TONGO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an exclusive interview with ABS CBN, Mary Ann Impang, wife of George Jagmis Impang, said she needs to fly to Taiwan to arrange documents for her late husband.

“Nananawagan ako na yung ibang tutulong sana, mag shoulder sana sa ticket namin para maka alis agad agad para maasikaso namin yung asawa ko doon at tsaka yung mga naiwan niya doon at tsaka kung ano pang dapat asikasuhin para mauwi ang kanyang bangkay,” Impay said.

Impay said they were earlier told by the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) to shoulder their air tickets to Taiwan in the meantime.

“Yung sa MECO po sa Taiwan. Kami na daw po bahala muna, sariling bulsa daw muna ang pamasahe namin papunta doon,” she said.

MECO Taiwan’s Director for Administration Gerry De Belen assured Impay that they would be assisted in their travel to Taiwan.

“May proseso po tayo para diyan. Tutulungan po sila ng MECO para po sila ay makarating dito [sa Taiwan]. pati po yung pag aasikaso po ng pakikipag ugnayan po nila sa gobyenro ng Taiwan kami din po ang mamamgitan sa kanila po,” Belen said.

Belen, meanwhile, said that as of October 3, authorities have not yet found the body of the third Filipino fatality.

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