Embassy Officials Appeal To U.S. Authorities: Probe ‘Unexplained Deaths’ of Pinays

By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

June 18, 2013

Washington DC – Philippine embassy officials offered prayers for the bereaved families of Neriza Fojas, Michelle Estrera, Jennifer Balon, Anna Alcantara and Felomina Geronga, Filipino nurses who perished on board a stretch Lincoln Town Car that burst into flames along the San Mateo bridge in Northern California.

Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. said the death of ‘kababayans’ left many unanswered questions.

“Hopefully, we will get those answers when authorities finally will release the results of the official investigations this week,” Cuisia said.

At the memorial service, prayers were also offered for Mylene De Leon-Scott, the Filipina who was fatally shot multiple times by authorities at a Costco store in Sterling, Virginia, when she reportedly threatened co-workers with a pair of scissors and a bread knife.

Just like the nurses who were killed in the horrific limo fire, Cuisia said there are also many unanswered surrounding the death of Scott.

“May we also soon find answers to the many questions surrounding Mylene’s untimely demise so she too can be allowed to rest,” he said.

As they invoke a higher power to pray for the souls of those who died, officials are also calling on U.S. authorities to conduct thorough and impartial investigations to aid the bereaved families in their quest for justice in the here and now.

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