By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic/Christian country already disturbed by shocking activities of kidnappings an killings of abducted foreigners and local travelers alike by insurgents in the remote Islamic areas in Mindanao are again devastated by the accounts given by survivors of the Istanbul Airport attack. The tragedy did not sink in immediately for most Filipinos as drastic events engulfed the country one after the other – and majority are looking forward to the “change” being promised by the new Duterte administration.
But the world seems smaller now with the internet age and so, as Filipinos went through personal accounts of survivors, devastation, grief and even fear loomed as to what’s already happening in the world.
ABS CBN reported: Most those killed were Turkish nationals but foreigners were also among the dead, a Turkish official said.Ali Tekin, who was at the arrivals hall waiting for a guest, said the roof came down after an “extremely loud” explosion. “Inside the airport it is terrible, you can’t recognise it, the damage is big,” Tekin said.A woman named Duygu, who was at passport control after arriving from Germany, said she threw herself to the floor after the explosion. “Everyone started running away. Everywhere was covered with blood and body parts. I saw bullet holes on the doors,” she said.Paul Roos, 77, said he saw one of the attackers “randomly shooting” in the departures hall from about 50 metres (55 yards) away. “He was wearing all black. His face was not masked,” said Roos, a South African on his way home after a holiday in southern Turkey.”We ducked behind a counter but I stood up and watched him. Two explosions went off shortly after one another. By that time he had stopped shooting,” Roos told Reuters. “He turned around and started coming towards us. He was holding his gun inside his jacket. He looked around anxiously to see if anyone was going to stop him and then went down the escalator … We heard some more gunfire and then another explosion, and then it was over.”