Nello & Patrasche monument in Belgium brings back Pinoy childhood memories

Remember the ’90s hit animated series ‘A Dog of Flanders’?

A new monument to honor the beautiful story of friendship between the poor Flemish orphan boy Nello and his dog buddy Patrasche can now be found in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium.

It has continued to draw tourists, mostly Asians, who get emotional every time they remember the touching story, an 1872 novel by British author Marie Louise de la Ramée set in Antwerp that had several adaptations, including an animated series.


Children play around the new Nello & Patrasche monument in Antwerp. Photo by Daniel Infante Tuaño, ABS-CBN News

One of them is Barcelona-based Filipino Mikko Iñigo Luba, who flew all the way from Spain to Belgium to get a glimpse of the sculpture.

Luba felt a mix of happiness and awe upon seeing the sculpture of Nello and Patrasche.

“Ito po ay labis naming ikinahanga sa pagkalikha ng nasabing monumento. Sino ba naman ang makakalimot sa istorya ng magkaibigang ito na umere sa bansang Pilipinas nung taong ’90s? Isang malaking karangalan ang makita ng personal ang lugar kung saan mismo ginawa ang istorya,” said Luba.

Located on Handschoenmarkt in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Antwerp, the sculpture was designed by local artist Batist ‘Tist’ Vermeulen.

Tist, though a fan of manga and animé, said, in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN that his creation was based on the original story by De la Ramée, an animal rights activist who wrote the novel under the pen name “Ouida”.

From afar, the giant sculpture may look like a cone of vanilla ice cream on the ground. But upon moving closer, one would see the smooth white marble figure of Nello and Patrasche sleeping soundly together, with the cobblestone street as their blanket.

The sculpture evokes feelings of peace, serenity, and childhood joy, and captures the unconditional bond between the boy and his dog.

The idea behind the sculpture was “to capture the friendship, the unconventional friendship between Nello and Patrasche,” Tist said.

It also promotes friendship as visitors, especially children, can play around it and take pictures close to the figures that are at ground level, unlike typical statues on a pedestal.

No wonder Tist’s creation was declared the winning entry among designs received by Tanguy Ottomer, a local tourist guide and one of the proponents to build the new monument for the famous literary characters last year.

Tanguy and friend Philippe Blondé were able to get financial support from a Chinese diamond trader and approval of the mayor of Antwerp to pursue the project and build a happier representation of Nello and Patrasche.

Another monument can be found in the Antwerp district of Hoboken.

Ironically, the story that made the whole world, especially Asians, shed tears is practically obscure in Belgium.

Tanguy, who now organizes “Nello and Patrasche” tours, recounted that many Japanese tourists were coming to Antwerp to look for the statue.

Part of the tour and central to the story is the Gothic cathedral of Our Lady of Antwerp, a UNESCO World Heritage site where Peter Paul Rubens’ triptychs of The Raising of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross are gloriously displayed.

One time, Tanguy told ABS-CBN News, some Japanese tourists got very emotional and started crying after seeing Rubens’ triptychs.

In the story, Nello dreamt of becoming a great painter like Rubens and wanted to see the Flemish master’s paintings. But because of poverty, Nello couldn’t afford to pay to see it.

Until Christmas Eve, when Nello’s grandfather had just passed away and he had nowhere to go, the boy, with his dog, took the chance to go to the Cathedral.

After braving the harsh winter cold and an entire life of hardships, Nello and Patrasche made it. But it was also the site where they died: lying in front of Rubens’ paintings, inseparable even in death.

Despite the sad ending, Tanguy said the story inspires optimism amidst adversity: “Instead of saying I’m cold and hungry, Nello thought that this is the moment of my life, to see the painting, my best friend is with me, and I will be reunited with my family in the afterlife.” Originally published on

Pinoy in Spain wanted for P5.4mn fraud


MANILA – The Philippine Embassy in Spain called for information on the whereabouts of Filipino fugitive Isidro Lucas Rodriguez, who is accused of defrauding about 90,000 euros or P5.4 million from his kababayans.

Lucas Rodriguez has been transferring from one Spanish city to another, but will no longer able to get through all exit points in Spain, said Consul Ralf Roldan in an exclusive phone interview with ABS-CBN.

Rodriguez allegedly victimized Filipinos in Granada, Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, promising tourist visas for their families in the Philippines and high investment returns from apartments that he reportedly leased to students and foreigners.

A client who requested not to be named said Rodriguez offered to fix her family’s tourist visas so they can come to Spain, in exchange for 5,450 euros or P325,000.

Rodriguez allegedly claimed he knew top government officials at the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines and even accompanied the victim in applying for a bank loan.

“Naniwala kami sa inyo, sana ‘wag ka ng mambiktima pa ng iba, sana kung mambiktima ka piliin mo man yung mayaman, ‘wag tulad sa akin, ano lang, sahod lang, hindi pa nga nahawakan ang sahod, ubos na,” the victim said.

“Mayte”, another victim, said Rodriguez convinced her to invest her entire 2,000-euro savings in his apartment-for-rent business.

Rodriguez, she said, had appeared refined, caring and well-versed in English.

“Pinakita niya yung video, lolo nya daw yung E. Rodriguez sa Maynila, tapos may-ari sila ng beach sa may Samal, Davao,” recounted Mayte.

“Nakapunta lang daw siya sa Spain bago nanalo si Duterte. Sana raw kung alam niyang manalo si Duterte, supposed to be doon na lang siya sa Pilipinas… Kahit hindi siya magtrabaho, ok lang kasi pinapadalhan siya ng parents niya from the Philippines ng 1,800 euro.”


Another victim, Linda, said Rodriguez seemingly hypnotized her.

“May duda ako kahit nakapagbigay ako ng pera, may nerbiyos. Hindi ko ho alam parang may hinatak kami… Ang galing ho nya, para hong may tactics, magic, ewan ko, hypnotize,” she said.

Some victims reported that Rodriguez reached out to them through a Facebook account under the name, Lucas Rodriguez, whose profile picture showed an apartment unit.

“Naghahanap po ako ng (unit) talaga nung time na yun, tapos nakita ko siya, una muna nag-wave siya (on Facebook Messenger), hindi ko siya pinapansin and then, nakita ko na nagpopost siya ng mga piso, mga rooms,” said Julie.

“Pinapunta niya po ako sa Glories para daw makita ko… Doon nag-suggest sa akin about sa business.”

Some of his victims in Barcelona have filed a complaint against him with the police.


Rodriguez also reportedly swindled around 200,000 euros or P12 million from foreigners, who were looking for rooms and apartment units in Barcelona through Facebook and AirBnb, an online marketplace and hospitality service.

He also has a long history of estafa, illegal recruitment, and human trafficking, according to Migrante International, an alliance of Filipino expatriates.

Migrante said Rodriguez has been found guilty of illegal recruitment in the Philippines. He also has numerous pending cases of syndicated estafa and large-scale illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons filed by some 300 Filipino teachers.

In 2014, the Philippine Embassy in Washington warned on Twitter that, “Isidro Rodriguez is No 1 in #Philippines list of illegal recruiters and traffickers and is subject of manhunt.”


This undated photo shows Isidro Lucas Rodriguez, suspect in a multi-million fraud scam.


Teacher Loel Naparato, one of his victims, urged Filipinos in Spain to help in the manhunt against Rodriguez.

“Magtulungan po tayo para po sa mabilis na ikadadakip…upang gumulong na ang kaso niya rito (sa Pilipinas),” Naparato said.

Engelyn Belmonte-Morano, spokesperson of a group of Filipinos in Spain, echoed the request, saying: “Nananawagan po ako sa mga taga-Spain kasi kayo po ang isa sa mga susi para mahuli po namin si Isidro Lucas Rodriguez.”

Rodriguez did not immediate reply to ABS-CBN’s request for comment through his email and phone numbers.

Information on Rodriguez may be reported to the Philippine Embassy in Spain through phone numbers 917-823-830 or 616-491-861. Originally published on

Pinoys in Spain protest employment certificate requirement

MANILA – Filipinos based in Spain have expressed resentment against a requirement by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for issuing employment certificates, which has supposedly made it harder for their relatives to bag jobs there.

Some expatriates have successfully asked their employers to hire their relatives. The POEA, however, requires job offers to be coursed through manpower agencies.

The requirement is unnecessary because the job opportunity did not come from the agency and all documentary requirements have been taken care of by the family members, claimed some overseas Filipino workers.

Manpower agencies practically copy the employment contract without offering any other service and for a charge of at least P40,000, explained Willy Teves, a Barcelona-based resident who assists Filipinos with their documents.

Carmelita Asuncion, another OFW, shared that she paid P105,000 to the OVM Visa Assistance and Travel Consultancy agency in connection to her son’s expiring work visa.

The agency, she said, only gave her a receipt and accompanied her and her son to the airport, but did not give them any employment certificate. OVM did not immediately reply to ABS-CBN News’ request for comment.

The Asociación Mujeres Filipina de Madrid (AMFIL) earlier wrote the Department of Labor and Employment to complain about the documentary requirements.

“Our community is suffering greatly because of the loss of employment for our family members, waste of lots of money and time for processing documentary requirements in the Philippines and here in Spain,” reads their petition letter sent last March.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Madrid has made a request to consider Spain as a special market to be exempted from the agency requirement, said Labor attaché Bing Lavilla.


The agency requirement, however, is not new, according to POEA officer-in-charge and Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia.

“Noong mga unang administrasyon, masyadong maluwag pinapayagan sila kahit na wala doon sa probisyon ng batas, eh. Ngayon masusi nating iniimplement kung anuman ‘yung nakalagay sa batas, eh tayo ngayon nababatikos dahil sa ating pag-implement sa probisyon ng Labor Code,” Olalia said.

Household workers bound for Spain, he added, have to pass through manpower agencies as they are not included in the list of exemptions under the direct hire policy.

“Ang pwede lamang mag-apply for direct hire ay ‘yung empleyo ng tinatawag nating members of the diplomatic corps, ‘yung mga workers na ang magiging employer nila ay mga diplomatic corps, mga employers nila mula sa international organization, mga employers nila ay mga heads of state and government officers with rank of at least deputy minister,” he said.

“Mayroon din tayong pinapayagan, itong mga professionals at skilled workers. Samantalang ‘yung mga nag-apply kasi sa Espanya ay hindi sila pasok sa kategoryang ito.”

Olalia also reminded OFWs that the processing fee paid to agencies should be shouldered by the employers.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, meanwhile, said POEA’s requirements only aim to protect OFWs against illegal recruitment.

“Pag ‘di kasama sa exemption, pasensyahan na lang… Naa-abuse ‘yan and results to illegal recruiting…Anong guarantee ko pag may mangyari sa ‘yo?” he said. Originally published on

‘Narco-apartments’ alarm Pinoys in Barcelona


Residents of Barcelona put up a sign on their opposition to the presence of drug traffickers in their area. Photo by Daniel Infante Tuaño

BARCELONA – The increasing number of apartments being used to sell drugs is one of the growing concerns in the neighborhood of Raval, home to many immigrants in Barcelona, including Filipinos.

Sixty apartments were identified as alleged drug dens in the area, said Carlos, one of the community leaders from the street, Carrer d’En Roig.

In one of the buildings where there are ‘narco-apartments’, the number of individuals going in and out reportedly carrying out illicit transactions can reach up to 200 in a day.

‘Narco-apartments’, according to Carlos, were the result of Spain’s real estate and economic crisis that displaced families who couldn’t afford to pay rent or mortgage leaving apartments empty.

Some of these empty apartments are now illegally occupied by drug traffickers.

“Human excrement, used syringes, street brawls with weapons, threats, busted portals, and mattresses in communal spaces are an everyday fare,” reads a statement in Spanish from neighborhood associations who are no longer taking things into sitting.

Every night, armed with pots and megaphones, they stage a noise barrage to shame those who are in ‘narco-apartments’ and voice out their grievance against the local government’s inadequate response. 

Recently, hundreds of Raval residents including Filipinos marched around the neighbourhood and stopped outside every building reported to be drug dens.

One of the Filipinos who joined the rally, Ruschle Salvador Camayo, said: “Hinihintuan po namin yung mga (gusali) na alam nilang nagbebenta ng droga…Nakita naming napakarami na po sila sa area namin.”

(We stop by the buildings where drug trafficking happens… We see so many of them now in our area.)

“Talamak na siya. Mas malala na ngayon, parang ngayon lantaran na. Parang ngayon wala na silang pakialam kung may makakita,” complained another Filipino protester Cherryll Camo Garduque.

(They’ve become brazen. It’s worse now, they do it in the open. It’s like they don’t care anymore if somebody sees them.)

Cherryll reminded that Filipinos should take part in denouncing the situation: “Tayo din nakatira tayo dito so dapat proprotektahin din natin against drugs ang mga kabataan natin at ang pamilya.”

(We live here so we need to protect our youth and family from drugs.)

Despite the problems present in the neighborhood, ironically, living there is becoming more and more expensive as some apartments are being rented only to tourists. Owners find it more lucrative to have their apartments rented to tourists than to local residents leading to exorbitant rental fees.

“We are asking that the administration to pay attention a bit of what is happening in Raval because it is abandoned, it is much neglected. This situation also gives way to real estate companies, the banks to speculate, boot out the people who have been living here all their lives and resell their apartment or rent their apartments at a much higher price,” said Alba Tor, speaker of the neighborhood association of street of Sant Gil, in Spanish.

The neighborhood associations called on the local police and the local government to speed up eviction of “narco-apartments”, rent empty apartments for social housing, and further control the tourism excesses in the area.

However, the city government of Barcelona explained that in order to evict the occupants of the apartments, the complaint should be coming from the owners. Identifying the owners could take time as some of them are investment funds with business addresses in other countries.

“In July we started with an action plan that involves, on the one hand, a more intensive intervention in the public space to improve small aspects of public space…On the other hand, we have assigned a team to contact the owners of empty apartments,” said Gala Pin, Councillor of Ciutat Vella district, in Spanish in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN.

Gala added that more police have been deployed in the area, the maintenance and cleanliness have been improved, and there are health professionals who collect used syringes and report drug users to the authorities. Specialized centers for drug dependents have also extended their opening hours to accommodate drug users. Originally published on

Pinoy children’s choir bags two prizes in international tilt


Kudyapi Children’s Choir. Lyn Edelita Ramos Tagorda-Oamil

Barcelona, Spain-based Kudyapi Children’s Choir won two awards in their first-ever participation in an international choir completion.

Kudyapi took the silver prize in the children’s choir category and special original performance award at the 7th International ‘Pau Casals’ Choir Competition & Festival “Canco Mediterrania” held last September 12-17 in Lloret de Mar in Girona, Spain.

The choir, composed of 4 to 14 year-old children born in Spain to Filipino parents, sang and danced to Gloria Estefan’s “Turn the Beat Around,” the Filipino folk song “Salidumay,” and Lea Salonga’s “I Am But a Small Voice” under the baton of Arnel German Lamorena.

“Nakita ko po ‘yung judge, walang masabi. Puso po ang ginamit namin,” said Brylle Catilo Caiga, one of the choir members.

“Masaya po kami kasi nakapanalo po kami ng dalawang awards,” said Phrencis Jhale Tormis Mier.

Their parents could not contain their happiness and left the competition venue, the Sant Romà Church, in tears after seeing their children deliver such a performance.

The competition organizer Jaromir Pyzia was also impressed with the kids, saying in Spanish: “You have done a great job and I like your Filipino music and we are happy and we will invite you next year.”

The all-female choir Veni Gaudere from Lithuania was declared as the competition’s Grand Prix winner. Originally published on

Pinoy grocery in Europe’s capital promotes PH tourism, arts


“Tindahan”, a Filipino-Asian shop which opened a year ago, does not only sell champorado mix, tinapa, sweet Philippine mangoes, walis tambo, and other products made in the Philippines.

The only Filipino grocery store in Brussels, Belgium also helps promote the most popular tourist sites in the Philippines.

Located at 8 Avenue de la Chasse, Tindahan displays framed pictures of El Nido, Boracay, Chocolate Hills, Hundred Islands, and other tourist destinations on each corner of the store conspicuous enough to be seen by the shop’s Filipino and non-Filipino clients.

This gives Philippine tourist sites exposure to people from around the world who come to Brussels, as the city is home to the European Union institutions, numerous non-government organizations, international lobby groups, and multinational corporations.

“As a way of promoting tourism in the Philippines, we posted some of the Philippine tourist sites here in the shop so kung may mga European o kung anumang nationality na pupunta rito at maging interested sa Philippines, puwede naman silang bigyan ng kaunting impormasyon kung ano ang makikita at ipagmamalaki ng Pilipinas pagdating sa turismo,” said store owner Gerry Crisostomo.

Crisostomo, who is also into clay art, puts some of his Filipino culture-themed pieces on display in the store.

One of his artworks, which depicts Pinoy barrio fiesta, was just sold to Cindy Castell, a Filipino resident in Belgium.

“He actually makes these very nice pieces. I’m very pleased to say na I’m gonna offer this as a gift to my colleague because he’s very much interested sa culture ng Philippines,” said Castell. Originally published on

Pinoy teen representing Spain wins in world taekwondo tilt

dejan silver

Thirteen-year-old Barcelona-based Filipino Dejan Ison bagged a silver medal after beating opponents from Mongolia, Egypt, Italy, and Uzbekistan at the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships held from August 23 to 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Ison, who competed in the 33-kg category, was one of the representatives of the Spanish national taekwondo team who brought medals to the country. The other was Cheyenne Brito Rico, who won Spain’s first gold in the international competition.

The Philippine taekwondo team meanwhile brought home two medals—gold for Mary Angeline Alcantara and silver for Arianne Espida.

“I felt sad because I could have won gold, but I’m very, very happy because I’m the first to win silver for the club,” said Ison in Spanish.

He was referring to the Sant Pau Jade Taekwondo Centre D’Warriors, a multi-awarded Barcelona-based taekwondo school run by Filipino coach Elmar Dimayuga.

dejan and the taekwondo club

Another product of the club who competed in Egypt is John Anthony Haboc Plado. The fourteen-year-old didn’t win any medal but is also one of Spain’s national taekwondo champions.

Ison and Plado both underwent intensive training at national sports training centers in Madrid, Barcelona, and Murcia.

Dimayuga is proud of the teens’ international experience and invites the youth to be active in sports.


“Ine-encourage ko lahat ng kabataan na pumasok at ma-involve sila sa lahat ng mga sports. Humanap sila ng entrenador o coach na magbibigay sa kanila ng motivación para maabot o mapagtagumpayan nila kung anumang sports,” said Dimayuga, adding that parents’ support and collaboration are crucial.

Ison’s father, Donato, recounted: “Kailangan istrikto sa pagkain sa bahay. (Sa) training, tinutulungan ko ito lalo na ‘pag sobra sa kilo. Sa pag-aaral, sa gabi, hatid-sundo.” Originally published on

Pinoys join massive march against terrorism in Barcelona


Members of the Filipino community were among those who filled the streets of Passeig de Gracia last Aug. 26 to condemn terrorism that hit Barcelona and Cambrils, a town in nearby province Tarragona, leaving 16 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Filipinos chanted “no tinc por”, which means “I’m not afraid” in the local Catalan language, in unison with hundreds of thousands of marchers, among them police and emergency service workers.

“Ito’y solidaridad para sa ating mga kababayan kasi tayo’y tagarito,” said veteran community leader Macrina Alcedo.

Roda Lim, president of Asociación Filipino-Catalan, also joined “to be one with the people, especially migrants.”

Spain’s King Felipe VI, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Generalitat de Catalunya President Carles Puigdemont, and other top government officials also joined the rally.

Anti-government placards, however, were seen, one of them waving “their wars, our deaths,” in reference to ongoing global conflicts and Spain’s involvement in military arms trade.

Others also protested against Islamophobia. The Muslim community was present to condemn terrorism.

“Hate begets hate. Hate spreads out like mushrooms. Hate is like a disease that is highly contagious. The true radical thing is love. If we want a different world, we have to be conscious that this world needs a lot of love, (but now) there’s a lot of hate,” said Gustavo Patiño in Spanish.

He held up a placard written in Catalan that said: “The best response is peace.”

In a separate event held on Aug. 28, Pinoy-Spanish kids of Coro Kudyapi offered the song “Child of Peace” in front of a sea of flowers and candles in Las Ramblas, the city’s most popular promenade and site of the ISIS van attack. Originally published on

Pinoys hurt in Barcelona terror attack now at 6

Three more Filipinos were hurt in the August 17 terror attack in Barcelona, Spain which claimed at least 13 lives and left around 100 people injured.

Adam Yambao and his girlfriend Jelly May Judan, both based in Milan, Italy, were buying souvenirs in Las Ramblas Barcelona when a van plowed into the city’s most popular promenade.

“Ako po ay nahagip ng furgone (van) at yung girlfriend ko naman po nabagsakan at naipit ng bakal,” explained Yambao.

Yambao suffered a foot injury while Judan got her arm and neck bruised. They reported the incident to the Spanish police but didn’t get the chance to seek the help of the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Barcelona.

They are thankful for the help of a Spanish lady and are now back in Milan.

Another victim named Jumarie “Jom” Cadman, identified by British newspaper The Telegraph as a mother from the Philippines, is currently confined at the intensive care unit at the Hospital de Vall d’Hebron. She is in serious but stable condition and was already visited by the British and Filipino Consular authorities as it’s still not determined whether she holds British-Australian-Filipino citizenship.

A picture of Jom’s son Julian is currently making the rounds on Facebook after the 7-year-old went missing after being separated from his mother during the attack.

As previously reported, the other three members of a Filipino family, who hold Irish Passports, are now out of danger. The father, as of press time, is under observation for hematoma in his kidney, and his youngest son had a successful foot operation. The unharmed mother is with them at the Hospital del Mar. Their daughter is recovering from injury and was offered a place to stay by Barcelona-based Dr. Heric de la Cruz Penetrante.

The naturalized Irish family was brought to the hospital by Naizarein Reyes Nidoy. Nidoy was shocked and shaken but managed to bring them to a safer place and later on accompanied them to a Drassanes hospital.

“Iyak na po sila nang iyak. Wag na po kayo umiyak, alive po tayo, tibayan na lang po yung loob,” Nidoy said to comfort the family.

Another Filipino who was in the area the time, Nathaniel Sisma Villaluna, had to run away clueless of what was happening.

“Talagang shock, it could happen to you. Ang una kong naisip na Barcelona is not safe anymore. Ipakita natin sa kanila na hindi tayo takot,” said Sisma.

A minute of silence was also organized in Plaza Catalunya, the main city square adjacent to Las Ramblas, a day after the terrorist attack. Chants of “No Tenim Por”, Catalan for “We are not afraid”, were heard across the square.

More than 30,000 people attended the mid-noon event including Spain’s King Phillip VI, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and President of Generalitat de Catalunya Carles Puigdemont.

It was still not clear whether the driver of the van in the Barcelona attack was one of the five people killed in a separate terrorist attack that hit Cambrils, Tarragona, early morning of August 18.

ISIS already claimed responsibility for the attack, reports newspaper La Vanguardia. Originally published on


3 Filipinos hurt in Spain attack, out of danger

BARCELONA – (UPDATE) Three Filipinos on vacation were among scores hurt after a van rammed into the crowd in this Spanish city, but were out of danger, officials said Friday.

The Filipino couple and their 2 children, all Irish citizens, declined to give their identities so as not to alarm their relatives in the Philippines.

The mother was unhurt while the father was under observation at the hospital. The daughter was discharged from the hospital while doctors assessed if the son would need surgery.

Philippine Honorary Consul Jordi Puig said the family was out of danger.

At least 13 people were killed while 80 others were hurt following the attack at the Las Ramblas promenade, a popular tourist spot, at around 5 p.m. Thursday (11 p.m. in Manila).

Another Filipino who survived the attack, Naizarein Reyes Nidoy, brought the family to the hospital.

“Takbo na rin sana ako pero nakita ko may isang pamilyang Filipino na nasaktan. Agad-agad ko po silang tinakbo, una anak ni Ate binuhat ko. Inalalayan ko po sila. Hindi ko po sila iniwan hanggang hospital,” Naizarein recounted.

(I was about to run, but I saw a Filipino family was hurt. I ran to them. I carried the daughter first. I helped them. I did not leave them until we got the hospital.)

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has declared 3 days of national mourning as police investigate the attack. Published on