After a long and tiring flight back home, Marc Pingris could not shake off his jetlag.
Pingris, together with his Gilas teammates just got to their respective homes Tuesday night after spending almost a month in Europe for their training camp for the Olympic qualifier.
But at 4:30 am, he still could not find a proper sleep. He looked for something that could distract him for a while before finally calling it a day.
He decided to check his phone but what he unearthed caught him dumbfounded.
“Nung tiningnan ko sa Instagram, sabi ko ‘Wait lang, dito kami galing ah,” narrated Pingris to FOX Sports when he made an appearance at Star Hotshots’ practice in Ronac gym.
The Gilas veteran was referring to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport bombing incident that killed 36 people while dealing serious injuries to a hundred as per international news agency reports.
“Yun (nangyari) nakakapangilabot,” recalled Pingris when he learned the depressing news.
The national team, together with the Turkey squad, boarded the same plane and were already up in the sky when the bombing happened.
“Kung saan kami mismo nag-iikot ikot. Doon pa kami tumambay, doon pa kami nagpa-refund ng tax,” he shared.
Shocked and relieved at the same time, Pingris and his teammates condemned the act of terrorism and offered prayers to the victims.
“Sa awa ng Diyos, walang nangyaring masama sa amin tsaka pinagpray namin agad yung mga nasawi, yung mga nasaktan kasi grabe yung mga ginagawa kung sino man may idea ng mga ‘yon,” he said. – By Jason Mercene
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