TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte: The parents of the high school student who was killed with lawyer Rogelio Bato Jr. in an ambush this week have asked the government to give justice to their daughter’s death.
Angelika Bonita, 17, was with Bato in his pick-up truck when unidentified gunmen fired at them on Tuesday in a village near Robinsons Place Tacloban.
Bato is the legal counsel of Albuera (Leyte) Mayor Rolando Espinosa and son Kerwin, the alleged top drug lord in Eastern Visayas.
The Philippine National Police confirmed that Bato is on its drugs watch list.
The lawyer and Bonita sustained multiple gunshots from a caliber 45 pistol and an M16 rifle.
Joel and Jennifer, parents of Angelika, denied knowing Bato, saying they have never met him.
“We only heard Bato’s name in the news after the shooting incident,” Jennifer said.
Angelika was the third child in the Bonita family, a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and a Grade 9 student at Sagkahan National High School.
“We are asking for justice to be served for the death of my daughter. We are blind on what happened, my daughter is innocent,” Jennifer told reporters.
The family is living in a coastal area of Fatima village that was badly hit by super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.