Policemen are investigating the killing of the mother of Angelica Yap, popularly known as “Pastillas Girl,” in Caloocan City on Sunday night.
Yap said a love triangle was the “only reason” why her mother Teresa was shot dead. She claimed that her mother had not even a single enemy.
But the police said they will look at all angles in their investigation. Teresa is a barangay councilor.
Police said Teresa was shot dead at close range in an eatery along Tagaytay St. at past 9 p.m. on Sunday.
She sustained one gunshot wound at the back of the head.
Angelica was shooting a music video in Bulacan when relatives contacted her about the tragic news.
She said her mother was still alive when she reached the hospital.
“Brain dead lang [siya]pero humihinga pa. Kinausap ko siya. Nagre-respond pa siya. ‘Yung mga heavy breathing niya, alam ko naririnig niya ako [She was only brain dead but still breathing. She was responding through her heavy breathing so I know she could hear me],” she said.
Senior Supt. Bartolome Bustamante, Caloocan Police chief, said probers will also determine if the victim’s work had anything to do with her murder.
Bustamante said the victim’s family informed the police that Teresa, who separated from her husband several years ago, had a boyfriend with whom she wanted to break up.
Shower of sympathy
Although Pastillas girl was pitted against AlDub by two of the country’s leading noontime shows, AlDub fans of Eat Bulaga were one in sympathizing with Angelica for the loss of her mother.
Angelica was previously featured in a segment on ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime, where the hosts helped her find true love after her boyfriend cheated on her and dumped her.
On Monday, Eat Bulaga host Paolo Ballesteros (who plays Lola Tidora in Kalyeserye) led sympathizers when he posted on Twitter, “My sincerest condolences to your family Pastillas Girl. I may not know you and your family but I’m seeking justice for your mother in this country. Hindi na kasi nakakatuwa ang mga ganitong insidente. Killing people because they just want. And kung personal ang intention man hindi parin mabuti. Be strong and pray to God.”
Also on Twitter, fan site @AlDub_PH posted, “Owww sad. Condolence to Pastillas Girl. Sama po natin sa prayers. #ALDUBKiligContinues”
Netizen Joyce Mendoza (@H0ney_Joyce) posted, “#Aldubnation Lets say condolence to the Family of Pastillas Girl. It was so shocking! As her mom shot dead at the back of her head.”
ABS-CBN artist Angeline Quinto (@AngelineQuinto) tweeted, “Please pray for the mom of Angelica Yap. Condolence to the family. Pastillas Girl.”