2016 has been a year of many deaths. From the last six months at least, about 6,000 victims have been killed from the war on drugs. They were called addicts, criminals, zombies, and scums of the earth by no other than the father of the country. They deserved it all, he said.
It has been a year of mourning for many families. Mothers had to bury sons, sons had to bury fathers, and wives had to survive without their husbands. The list goes on, but one thing is common to most. Pusher or not, they were a loss and a loved one.
On December 14, Enrico Ranho was sleeping beside his daughter when unidentified masked men barged into his house and shot him in the head. Eight-year old Erica was left with her papa’s dead body, blood, and trauma. It was later on found out that the killers were looking for a “Fernando,” and not her father Enrico.
Last week, Elizabeth Navarro buried her husband and five-year old son who were killed inside their home. In the day of their funeral, she walked from the church to the cemetery with her feet as swollen as her eyes, and her three daughters behind her back. She is jobless and nine-months pregnant. God knows what future holds for her and her children. Her husband Domingo was the only one who kept them alive.
On Christmas eve, Kimberly Sailog spent the night beside the casket of her daughter. They were attending the dawn mass when a stray bullet hit and pierced her daughter’s heart which was intended for a village watchman in the area. Kristine died whispering "mama" until she was gone. She was only 12 years old.
Two days ago, 13-year Congcong buried his father who was killed in the wake of his aunt. He held his father until the last seconds of his life, begging the killers to save him a few breaths. He would later on find out that he also been shot twice in the leg. He spent Christmas with his siblings and cousins eating noche buena in company of two dead parents.
Pusher or not, they still were a loved one. Pusher or not, they were a loss to some. Pusher or not, they did not deserve to die.
Tonight, thousands of sons and daughters, and wives and husbands will welcome the new year without their loved one. Next year, how many more will be gone?