Pinoy still missing in Taiwan bridge incident

Rescuers work near the site of a collapsed bridge in Nanfangao, eastern Taiwan on Tuesday/ Taiwan's Coast Guard via AP

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that the search for a Filipino fisherman and three Indonesians are still on going after a bridge in Taiwan collapsed, pinning fishing boats last Tuesday.

Two Filipinos are dead and 5 others obtain injuries. The victims were already treated and given cash assistance, DFA said.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office said, they will return the bodies of the casualties and will continue coordinating with local authorities for updates on the missing Filipino fisherman.

The incident shocked lots in Taiwan, making authorities conduct inspections in their old bridges. The rare incident shocked many in Taiwan, which is regularly hit by earthquakes and typhoons and has high building standards, prompting authorities to launch a review of all old bridges.

President Tsai Ing-we vows not to evade responsibilities and is currently setting up a task-force to investigate the incident.