By Kate Javier
Still in deep pain a year after they lost a family member, Miguelito expressed hope that justice will be served for his favorite brother believed to be a victim of extra-judicial killings in North Caloocan.
Miguelito, 27, vendor, brother of slain 16-year-old Angelito Soriano, said their family is still in deep mourning, saying moving on is not easy.
On December 28 last year, seven people, including three teenagers and a three months pregnant woman were shot dead by three armed masked men reportedly looking for a drug suspect in Barangay 176, Bagong Silang around 9 p.m.
Angelito, who wanted to be a soldier, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the body.
Also killed were Jonel Segovia, 15, who had 13 gunshot wounds; Sonny Espinosa, 16; Kenneth Lim, 20; Edner Santor, 21; Cristina Santor; 45; and three months pregnant Analyn Diamla, 28.
“We miss him so much. We can’t get over because the pain is still here,” Miguelito told the Manila Bulletin while pointing in the left portion of his chest.
Emily, mother of Angelito, said their suspicion was that the gunmen’s real target was Jay-R Santor, a known drug suspect in the area.
“They killed my son like an animal. They killed an innocent child,” she said.
The masked men who were on motorcycles did not know where to find Santor so they fired into the two adjacent shanties in Phase 8, owned by Santor’s parents, witnesses said.
Unfortunately, the teenagers were in one of the shanties where a party was being held. The boys reportedly joined a gang called Scout Royal Brotherhood.
“The minors, including my son, were just invited by their friend named Edward Villanueva. He was wounded as he was also shot,” Emily recalled.
In the other shanty, three of Santor’s relatives — his mother Cristina, brother Ednel, and sister-in-law Analyn, 28, who was pregnant — were also gunned down.
Santor, meanwhile, reportedly escaped by diving into the creek behind their house.
According to Miguelito, Christmas and New Year celebrations will never be the same again after his brother’s death.
“We do not celebrate the holidays anymore. The happy times are now the sad times for us,” he said.
“Instead of celebrating, we are now commemorating his death anniversary,” Miguelito added.
Asked what he misses the most about his slain brother, Miguelito said: “Angelito was the sweetest among my eight siblings.”
A mini fan, according to Miguelito, was the last gift he received from his “sweetest” brother before the teenager was killed.
“That fan reminds me of him. He told me that he saved money just to buy me that fan,” Miguelito recalled.
After what happened, Miguelito said he always reminds his seven other siblings to just stay inside their house.
“I always tell them to not go out if not needed. I do not want another family member to be a victim of this bloody war on drugs,” he explained.
For the upcoming 2018, the Soriano family has only one wish: To get justice for all victims of alleged extra-judicial killings and to stop the government’s war on drugs.