Malabon police insists teen in coma not a stray bullet victim

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 02 2017 05:46 PM

The Malabon Police Station insisted on Monday that 15-year-old Emilyn Villanueva was not a victim of indiscriminate firing. 

Police said they abandoned this angle after they identified the suspect in the shooting incident. 

Police investigation shows that the suspect aimed fire at an opponent but unfortunately hit Villanueva.

"Unfortunately, tinamaan siya ng bala, pero yung pinanggalingan ng putok hindi ito galing sa indiscriminate firing. Mayroon tayong suspek at intended victim,” Police Inspector Dennis Javier said.

The teenage girl was hit by a bullet in the head on New Year’s Eve while watching fireworks on the street. She is currently confined at the Intensive Care Unit of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila.

Police, however, did not disclose details of the investigation since a follow-up operation is still ongoing.

Villanueva’s father, Emil Calano, however, is not convinced with the result of the investigation.

"‘E wala namang naganap na barilan dun o putukan e. Kasi kung nagkaroon, dapat magkakahiwalay ang mga tao sana sa mga kapulisan natin," he said. "Sana matuklasan niya kung sino ang nagpaputok ng baril papataas." 

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial is convinced, however, that the victim was hit by a stray bullet.

"In terms of the health indicator, the CT scan that we have, the trajectory of the bullet was really from up going downwards," Ubial said in an interview on ANC’s “Headstart.”

Villanueva’s condition is also not improving and is still comatose.

"Pangit ang kundisyon ng pasyente. We're giving her supportive medication, hopefully her condition will improve pero as of now, all I can say is the patient is in a coma," Dr. Mark Anthony Arias, chief of the surgery department of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center said.

Villanueva cannot undergo operation yet to have the bullet inside her head removed due to her sensitive condition.