De La Cruz mobbed by townmates, media

By Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon Desk
Inquirer News Service

(UPDATE) MEXICO, Pampanga--Angelo de la Cruz, the Filipino worker held hostage for two weeks by Iraqi militants, arrived in his hometown in Barangay (village) Buenavista, Friday morning.

Church bells chimed and residents waved yellow flags as the town welcomed De la Cruz.

De la Cruz arrived at 9:30 a.m. with his wife and children who spent the night with him at the Department of Social Welfare and Development compound in Quezon City.

De la Cruz was mobbed by about 500 residents, quite a number of whom wanted to hug him.

News photographers and cameramen jostled each other to get a good shot of the now-famous truck driver.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon 'Dinky' Soliman was fuming mad at the mediamen for their lack of discipline.

De la Cruz was not able to proceed directly to his house because he had to attend a program that had been prepared for him by his townmates and government officials at the Buenavista Elementary School.

Children danced before him and his wife, Arsenia, at a stage. Government officials delivered speeches. De La Cruz was also expected to say a few words to his townmates before he and his family proceed to a feast made up of his favorite dishes -- menudo, kare-kare, and kaldereta.

De la Cruz and his family left the DSWD compound in Quezon City before 6 a.m. They traveled to Clark Field in Angeles City, Pampanga where they rested before proceeding to Mexico town. With a report from (Originally posted 9:13 AM, updated 10:17 AM)


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