- Sen. De Lima promised to give justice to Danica Mae Garcia, the 5-year-old girl killed in Dagupan City
- Danica was shot in the head when a gunman open fired on the girl’s grandfather, accused of involvement in illegal drugs
- Bryan Macaayao, an alleged drug pusher, is the main suspect for the crime
Senator Leila de Lima vowed on Sunday to give justice to the death of a 5-year-old girl killed Dagupan City by a gunman who open fired on her grandfather accused of being involved in illegal drugs.
Danica Mae Garcia, a pre-school student, will be buried on August 31 at the Mayombo village. She was the 26th fatality of the drug war in Dagupan.
According to Gemma Garcia, Danica’s grandmother, De Lima and other policemen visited their home on Sunday to get information about the tragic incident. She said in an earlier interview that Danica Mae was a joyful child who loved to laugh and was always excited to go to school.
The initial investigation claimed that Danica’s grandfather Maximo Garcia was the target of Bryan Macaayao, the alleged gunman.
“So far, [Danica’s killing] is the only case where a suspect had been identified. But we have been [constantly] coordinating with other law enforcement agencies [to] cross-reference evidence [for the other 25 cases],” Dagupan City police chief Supt. Neil Miro said.
Days before the attack happened, Maximo went to the police to deny the accusation that he was involved in the illegal drug trade. The grandfather received a gunshot wound in the stomach and is currently recovering in a hospital.
According to an eyewitness, two men riding a motorcycle stopped in front of Garcia’s house and one of them started firing shots at the residence.
“One of the men alighted from the motorcycle and started firing. I was so afraid. I told my husband that we should leave immediately,” the witness said.
The witness added that the gunman took off his mask after firing his gun.
“That’s when I remembered that he was the same man who sold shabu in [Barangay] Bonuan Binloc,” she explained. - Kami Media