- Rowena Tiamson was murdered and accused of being a drug pusher but her family and friends said that she was a graduating honor student and a choir member
- Tiamson was killed on July 19 while on her way to school
- Various sectors have called for a thorough investigation of the spate of summary killings since President Duterte assumed office
The body of a 22-year-old woman was found in Barangay Parian, Manaoag, Pangasinan on July 19. Around her neck was a cardboard with a written note: “Huwag tularan, pusher (Don’t emulate, pusher).”
However, Tiamson’s family and friends do not believe that she was a drug pusher. They testified that she was a graduating Mass Communication honor student at the Colegio de Dagupan and a member of her church choir.
Tiamson’s mother, Tere, narrated to Rappler the last time she saw her beloved daughter.
“Nagpaalam siya na may aayusin sa eskuwela kasi nga graduating. Hindi ko naman alam na iyon na iyong huling beses na makikita ko ang anak ko,” the grieving mother said.
(She told me that she would fix some school requirements for her graduation. I did not know that it would be the last time I would see my daughter.)
The Pangasinan Provincial Police also said that Rowena was not included in the list of suspected drug criminals which includes 4,755 names from 1,704 barangays in the province.
Tiamson’s family and friends also described her as a kind, loving and helpful person.
“Kahit sino pa po ang tanungin ninyo dito sa lugar namin, mapapatunay nila na sinungaling ang nasa cardboard at hindi totoo na drug pusher ang anak ko. Napakabait na bata niyan, palaging naglalambing, palaging tumutulong,” the mother added.
(You can ask anyone in our area, they will tell you that the accusation written on the cardboard is not true and that my daughter was not a drug pusher. She was a very kind, affectionate and helpful child.)
Hundreds of alleged drug criminals have become victims of summary executions since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. Various sectors have called for a thorough investigation of these murders.
Some of Tiamson’s friends posted a video tribute showing the diligent student performing at an event.
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