- An OFW in Beirut thought that she would die when the port warehouse exploded
- She was at the mall, just done with sending money to her family when the mall shook from what seemed like two earthquakes
- The Filipina instinctively dropped to the ground while still inside a store, waited for five minutes before finally looking up and saw that the mall was already covered in darkness
- The Pinay from Antique sustained wounds on her hands and knees from the shattered glass but she did not mind them as her only thought at the time was to get out of the mall
A Pinay OFW recounted her horrifying experience in Beirut when the blasts occurred.
Jane Muñino, 30, went to the mall in Achrafieh district after she sent money to her family.
Out of nowhere, two "earthquakes" shook the mall, and eventually shrouded it in darkness.
In ABS-CBN's report, Jane was thinking that she would die there but instincts took over, and told herself to get out of the building.
"Ang nasa isip ko lang ng panahon na iyun, kailangan kong makalabas sa mall. Takbo ako ng takbo makahanap ng exit. Sabi ko, 'Diyos ko kailangan kong makalabas dito," said Jane during an interview with ABS-CBN News.
"Namalayan ko na lang dumudugo na pala kamay ko, kaunti lang naman, at tuhod ko...Akala ko mamatay na ako sa loob ng building," said the OFW from Antique.
OFWs in other countries are confronted with uncertainties daily, including those concerning their safety. Aside from Filipinos working in a domestic capacity, there are other OFWs in foreign countries working as frontliners.
The blast in Beirut somehow shocked the world. In the Philippines, just this year, Taguig City Hall was also shaken after it received a bomb threat.
An explosion always poses a danger to the community. With the recent incident in Lebanon, it may give other countries a chance to look into the regulation of storing chemicals in warehouses.
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