- A 5-year-old girl had become the latest victim in the drug war
- A gunman open fired on the girl and her grandfather who was accused of being involved in illegal drugs
- However, the grandfather had denied the accusations
A 5-year-old girl was caught in the crossfire of an assassination attempt in Barangay Mayombo, Dagupan City.
The 5-year-old Danica May is the granddaughter of Maximo Garcia, who voluntarily surrendered to the police on Saturday after finding out that he was included on a drug watch list. However, Garcia and his wife denied any allegation of using or pushing drugs.
A few days after surrendering to the police, a gunman open fired at Garcia’s house where he and his family were sharing a meal. Maximo was hit in the stomach but survived. His granddaughter had no such luck.
Garcia was a former tricycle driver who retired after suffering a stroke three years ago. To provide for his family, Maximo had been helping his wife manage a small canteen in front of their home which was provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
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“This is so painful to us. I would miss the nights when Danica would massage us until we fell asleep. I would miss her laughter when she teased her mother,” the grandmother lamented.
Garcia is currently recovering from his stomach wound and is currently being guarded by policemen.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said that since July 1, there had already been over 1,000 cases of summary killings. However, the PNP chief said that the drug lords are behind the vigilante killings. – Kami Media