Victims' kin reject apology of gunman's wife


Posted at Jan 06 2013 12:25 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2013 04:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Maria Elena Bae, the wife of the gunman who killed eight people in a shooting spree in Cavite last Friday, has apologized for the tragic incident, but the victims' relatives say her apology does not ease their pain.

Maria Elena was visibly stressed when she arrived at the Imus police station Friday night and said she could not believe her husband would do such a thing.

"Ako ay hiyang-hiya talaga sa mga ginawa... Nakakatakot talaga. Hindi ako makapaniwala, parang bangungot ito," she said.

Her husband, Ronald Bae, killed eight people and wounded 10 others in a shooting spree at Brgy. Tabon in Kawit, Cavite last Friday.

Maria Elena asked the victims' families for forgiveness, but for Edmund de Vera, even a thousand apologies would not be enough.

His wife, Ria, and their four-year-old daughter were among those killed in Bae’s rampage. Ria was two months pregnant.

"Tingnan mo naman ang nangyari sa mag-ina ko," said Edmund. "Wala na, ako na lang ang natira."

Ria's cousin said Bae and his companion forced their way inside the de Veras' home. Ria and her daughter hid inside the bathroom, but were soon discovered and killed.

The family of slain tricycle driver Bong Toledo is also not ready to forgive.

The victims' families are now appealing for swift justice for their loved ones.

Maria Elena has admitted that her husband is a long-time drug user and prior to the shooting, their family planned to put him in rehab.

"Kinausap ko siya, umiyak ako sa kanya na tumigil na siya, kasi maliliit pa ang mga anak namin," she said.

Bae was shot dead by police after refusing to surrender. His alleged aid, identified as John Paul Lopez, is now facing murder charges. -- Report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News; Kathlyn dela Cruz,