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article imageFilipino doctor killed in Yemen bomb attack posthumously awarded

By Leo Reyes     Dec 19, 2013 in Crime
One of the seven Filipino medical workers who was killed in the suicide bomb attack at Yemen's government hospital inside the Ministry of Defence complex in Sanaa last December 5, was given a posthumous award by the Yemeni government.
Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi conferred the Medal of Duty to the late Dr. Ruben Escandor Valenzuela, who served as medical officer of the Yemeni hospital for 30 years.
Before moving to Yemen, Dr. Valenzuela was member of the medical staff of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Quezon City. He is survived by his wife, Dra. Helen Concepcion-Valenzuela and four children.
The Yemeni president "expressed his sincerest gratitude, in behalf of the People of Yemen, for the exemplary service of Dr. Valenzuela during his thirty years of humanitarian work in the country," the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh said.
Vice Consul Redentor D. Genotiva of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, received the Medal of Duty and Plaque on behalf of the family of Dr. Valenzuela in a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Sanaa last Dec. 16.
Ezzedin H. Tago, the Philippine Ambassador to Yemen and Saudi Arabia acknowledged the services of Dr. Valenzuela to the people of Yemen.
“The conferment of the Medal of Duty to Dr. Valenzuela is testament to the invaluable services that Dr. Valenzuela and the other six Filipino medical workers gave to the Yemeni people,” said Ambassador Tago.
The suicide bomb attack on the Defence Ministry Hospital killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds in the ministry compound.
Reuters reported that a suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into the gate of the Defense Ministry complex, killing at least 52 people, including doctors, nurses and other hospital staff in the explosion.
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The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia said a delegation from the Yemeni government will soon travel to the Philippines to visit the families of the victims of the attack.
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