Angelito Soriano

“But my brother does not use drugs. He does not even smoke cigarettes because one time, we caught him smoking cigarettes and we beat him up. So he stopped. Now they telling us he’s using drugs?” Abby said.

Seven people, including three teenagers and a pregnant woman, were shot dead by armed masked men looking for a drug suspect. They did not know where to find him so they fired into the two adjacent shanties.

“These boys are innocent. They killed our boys,” the mothers of Jonel Segovia, Sonny Espinosa, and Angelito Soriano.

According to the teenagers’ mothers, none of their children were drug users or had criminal records. Their only fault was being friends with Santor, they added, angry at claims that the boys were involved in the drug trade.

Abby, Soriano’s sister, said Santor’s uncle had put up a gang called Scout Royal Brotherhood and recruited the boys. It was normal for them to hang out at the Santors’ house every now and then, she added.

“But my brother does not use drugs. He does not even smoke cigarettes because one time, we caught him smoking cigarettes and we beat him up. So he stopped. Now they telling us he’s using drugs?” Abby said.

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