Actress Kim Chiu safe after van shooting

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2020 07:21 AM | Updated as of Mar 04 2020 09:26 AM

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MANILA (3rd UPDATE) — Actress Kim Chiu and her companions were unhurt after 2 gunmen onboard a motorcycle fired at her van in Quezon City Wednesday, according to her driver who witnessed the incident.

Chiu was on her way to the taping of her television series "Love Thy Woman" when the assailants fired at her van at least 6 times at the corner of Katipunan and CP Garcia Avenues in Diliman around 6 a.m., said driver Wilfredo Taperla. 

"Di namin napansin na may putukan sa likod. Dito pala sa amin pinatama. Kami pala ang pinapaputukan," Taperla told ABS-CBN News. 

(We did not immediately notice that there were gunshots from behind, it turned out we were the ones being shot.) 

Chiu said she, her personal assistant and Taperla were safe. "Papa Jesus protected us," she said in in an Instragram post.

The actress said she had no idea on the possible motive behind the attack. 

"I was so scared, I don't know what to feel right now. Wala naman akong kaaway or ka atraso," she said. 

(I don't have any enemy.) 

One bullet pierced the van and did not hit Chiu because she was lying down, she said. 

"Kung sino man ang gumawa nito Diyos na ang bahala sa inyo dalawa. Sana tininignan nyo muna ang plate number bago nyo paulanan ng bala yung kotse ko but at the end of the day inisip ko nalang walang nasaktan sa amin. God protected us," she said. 

(Whoever did this, God will take care of the 2 of you. I wish you looked at my plate number first before you fired at my vehicle. But at the end of the day, I just think that none of us was hurt.) 

The gunmen fled towards Commonwealth Avenue, said Chiu's driver. 

The actress proceeded to her taping after the incident, Taperla added. 

A shaken Chiu cried in a phone call with her close friend Daisy Cariño, wife of ABS-CBN anchor Jorge Cariño, after the incident, said the latter. 
 
With reports from Jervis Manahan, Fred Cipres and Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News