Sonny Espinosa

She added: "The killers who did this will never have peace. They may escape from the law of man, but they will pay. They will pay! There is a God."

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.

“My son just turned 16 and they killed him like a chicken, as if he were an animal,” said Espinosa’s mother, Maria Isabelita.

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.

She added: “The killers who did this will never have peace. “They may escape from the law of man, but they will pay. They will pay! There is a God.”

When interviewed by the Inquirer, she, along with relatives of the other victims, were standing outside Crystal Funeral Parlor where they were begging authorities to release their kin’s bodies so that they could go to another establishment with cheaper rates.

One thing the boys had in common was poverty, the reason why they were killed, according to Maria Isabelita.

“If the suspect is rich, they’re set free. If they’re poor, they end up sprawled on the street,” she said.

“Why do they want us to pay P40,000 when we can pay just P7,500 at another funeral home? We are poor, we don’t have money. Our children already died and they still want to rob us,” she said.

Photo by Raffy Lerma

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