Bishop mourns death of 3 Pinoys in Taiwan bridge collapse

Bishop mourns death of 3 Pinoys in Taiwan bridge collapse

By CBCP News

October 4, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The head of the Catholic Church’s migrants ministry has joined in mourning the death of three Filipinos after a bridge collapsed in eastern Taiwan.

In a statement, Bishop Ruperto of Santos of Balanga expressed his condolence and assured prayers for the casualties and their families.

“We condole with the bereaved families,” said Santos, who chairs the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.

Aside from three Filipinos, three Indonesians were also killed when a bridge collapsed in the Nanfang’ao, a Pacific coast fishing village in Taiwan on Oct. 1.

The Filipino fatalities were aboard a fishing boat that was under the 460-foot long single-arch bridge.

Bishop Santos called on the Philippine authorities to investigate the incident.

He also urged the Filipino priests in Taiwan to assist the victims and their families.

“We assured them of our prayers and Holy Masses as we urged our priests there to give urgent assistance and services,” he said.