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  • Dec 21, 2014
  • Updated: 4:26am

Filipino volunteer rescuer recalls scene of chaos and carnage on bus

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 July, 2011, 12:00am

Rescuer Gerardo Carual was the first emergency worker to enter the coach carrying Hong Kong tourists after sacked police officer Rolando Mendoza's bloody rampage in Manila almost one year ago.

But Carual, the president of the Philippine's Search and Rescue Unit Foundation, was not sent by the government - he was a volunteer.

As well as saving a Filipino boy bystander who was hit by a stray bullet, Carual also helped Amy Leung Ng Yau-woon, the mother of brain-damaged Jason Leung Song-xue, and Yik Siu-ling, who was shot in the face and severely injured, from the bus.

'What I saw was really chaotic,' he said. 'It was raining hard and because there was no cordon, bystanders and reporters just mixed with rescuers and policemen around the bus,' he said.

While others kept their distance for fear that Mendoza may have rigged explosives, Carual immediately offered to board the bus.

'I saw two women still alive and some people going in and out of the bus doing nothing,' he said. 'So I decided to raise my hand, which was covered in blood from taking the boy to the hospital.'

He raised his hand and blew a whistle to alert the policemen and asked them to get out of the bus so that he could get in. He also saw tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn and gunman Mendoza lying outside the bus. He was not sure of their condition at that time because others appeared to be taking care of them.

Once on board Carual could still smell tear gas. Wearing a headlamp, Carual saw two men lying in the aisle. He checked their pulse and found they were already dead.

The men were probably Ken Leung Kam-wing and Fu Cheuk-yan, who had rushed the gunman to try to stop him from opening fire, according to testimony given at a Hong Kong inquest. He then took Leung, who wanted to stay with her husband's body, out of the bus before breaking a window to let Yik out.

Despite his actions, Carual remains humble: 'In our rescue team, no one says 'I am good'. We say we have a good team.'

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