MANILA - The family of a teenage girl believed to be a stray bullet victim is asking the public to help pray for her speedy recovery.
"Nananawagan kami sa sambayanang Pilipino na manalangin. Sana matulungan din po kami sa pagdarasal ng mga nakikinig. Ipagdasal ninyo po ang aking anak na bigyan pa ng lakas at dugtungan ng mahabang buhay," said Emil Calano.
Calano's daughter, 15-year-old Emilyn Villanueva, is still in critical condition after a bullet hit her head on New Year's Eve in Barangay San Agustin, Malabon.
Emilyn is still confined at the Intensive Care Unit of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila.
"Wala pa rin pong improvement," said her mother, Marilyn Villanueva.
Marilyn said her daughter was with her relatives and friends watching fireworks outside their house when a stray bullet hit her.
"Taun-taon naman po nanonood sila sa labas saka ngayon lang po nangyari yung ganyan," she said.
She added that she was at home resting when the incident happened.
"Hindi ko siya nakita kasi nasa bahay ako. Nagtinda kasi ako nun, medyo pagod ako, nagpahinga ako. Pero ang mga kasama ng anak ko pinsan, kaibigan, kamag-anak talaga ng asawa ko yung mga kasama. Andoon ang hipag ko na nakakita kung paano siya bumagsak," she said.
The victim's father debunked the claim of police that girl was a victim of a shooting incident.
"Hindi po ako naniniwala doon. Hindi po totoo yung sinasabi nila. Wala pong nangyaring ganun na pamamaril sa lugar namin," Calano said.
Malabon police earlier said Villanueva was wounded in a shooting incident and is not a victim of a stray bullet.
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, however, labeled the incident as a case of a stray bullet, noting the downward trajectory of the bullet.
Emilyn, the eldest among four siblings, dreams of becoming a chef one day, said her father.
"Pangarap niyang maging isang chef. Sobrang bait po niya, halos lahat ng gawain bahay siya po ang gumagawa," he said.
The couple sells fish for a living.
“Dasal ang kailangan ng anak ko ngayon,” said her mother. With DZMM