Leave me alone! Dong Gonzales won’t face the media to mourn wife’s death
Pampanga Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. will not be granting interviews to the media for the meantime as he grieves over the loss of his wife, Elizabeth.
In a statement released Thursday (June 22), Gonzales apologized to reporters for ignoring their calls or texts.
“I have kept myself shunned away because of the incident. My priority is our healing and I thank you you for respecting my family’s privacy,” he said.
“Let me mourn and grieve and when that proper time comes, I will be ready to face you,” Gonzales added.
Elizabeth was among the 37 people who died when a gambling addicted former government employee, Jessie Carlos, attacked Resorts World Manila with an M4 rifle and gasoline on June 2.
Despite being an ex-officio member of House committees as a deputy speaker, Gonzales said he intentionally recused himself from taking part in the congressional inquiry on the incident.
”Grief, sadness and anger continue to torment me. The pain of loss is unexplainable. It is a torture every time I remember that tragic night,” he said of his ordeal. Gonzales thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and other politikos for condoling with him over his wife’s death.
He also extended his sympathies to the families of the casualties in the incident.
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