SPAIN - The 17-year-old Barcelona-based Filipina who died after a hit-and-run accident early this month wished that her family would spend the least money possible on her burial and just give everything to her 1-year-old son.
The victim Angelica Manongsong Dalisay preferred to be cremated because this would incur less expense on her family.
According to her mother Siony, that was her daughter’s wish, which came out while they were attending a funeral together a week before the tragic accident.
The fatal accident took place on May 2, around 10 p.m. while Dalisay was crossing on a pedestrian lane with her son and her boyfriend at the Avenida Joan Carles I in the Barcelona municipality of Gavà.
"Hindi siguro napansin ng driver, ayon sa mga nakakita nagte-telefono at mabilis ang takbo ng sasakyan. Kasama nya yung anak nya, nasa stroller, buti na lang at (nailagay) niya sa tabi kaya siya ang nahagip ng sasakyan. Tumilapon, tumama sa gutter ang ulo. Ayon sa mga nakakita sa kasama nya, tumigil daw ang sasakyan pero tumakbo na rin nung makitang ganun ang kalagayan nung bata," recounted her uncle Sonny Manongsong Abe.
Abe further told ABS-CBNnews.com that Dalisay was rushed to the Hospital de Bellvitge but the doctor right away said that the patient was severely wounded and the nurse whom Abe talked to said that Dalisay had no chance of surviving.
Dalisay's son and her boyfriend were left uninjured.
The Catalan autonomous government Generalitat de Catalunya has already extended support to the family while the local police are undertaking investigations to find out the driver's identity based on the recordings from CCTV in the area and the pieces of evidence left by the car.
Philippine Honorary Consul Jordi Puig and Kapulungan ng mga Lider Pinoy sa Barcelona (KALIPI) leader Macrina Alcedo went to Tanatorio Gran Via L'Hospitalet, where a funeral service was held, to express their condolences to the family.
"Kung ano ang mapag-usapan at maplanong gawin, nandiyan palagi kami. Kung kailangan nila ang tulong, lumapit lang sila sa amin. Ang Filipino community ay malakas. Magkakaisa tayong lahat. Maipaglalaban natin ang hustisya para sa kanya," Alcedo said.
Dalisay's family continues to seek justice.
"Yung gumawa nun, hindi na maibabalik yung pamangkin ko pero kahit papaano naman mabigyan ng hustisya, yung gumawa nun, hindi makatao yung ginawa niya. Dahil siguro kung hindi niya iniwanan dun na ganun ang kalagayan baka siguro may pag-asa pang mabuhay ang pamangkin ko," Abe said.
Abe wished that justice be served regardless of Dalisay's nationality.
"Sana naman ay huwag nilang pababayaan na kahit hindi tayo taga-rito, kahit extranjero tayo rito, ay bibigyan nila ng hustisya ang pagkamatay ng pamangkin ko."