MANILA - A teenage orphan is no longer in critical condition after she was wounded in the road rage killing of a biker in Quiapo, Manila earlier this week.
Eighteen-year-old Rocel Bondoc was hit by a stray bullet when former Army reservist Vhon Martin Tanto killed a bicycle rider he had quarreled with last Monday.
Dr. Domingo Reyes of the Mary Chiles Hospital said the bullet pierced the left side of Bondoc's back and grazed her kidney.
Doctors have extricated the bullet and the teenager is now on "her road to recovery," Reyes said.
"Her blood pressure is okay now, less na iyung lumalabas sa drain," he added.
The doctor said Bondoc remains in an intensive care unit but may be transferred to a regular room by Friday.
But Bondoc's aunt, Rowena Dungka, said the victim would probably drop from Universidad de Manila (UDM) this semester to recover from her injuries.
"Siyempre matagal ang healing process niya e. Tragic ang nangyari sa pamangkin ko," she said.
Bondoc's family is appealing for financial aid in face of her mounting hospital bill, which stood at P150,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
SCHOLAR OF MANILA
Bondoc is a scholar of the Manila city government, according to Mayor Joseph Estrada.
"Rocel is one of our city scholars, a bright student and has a very bright future ahead. It pains me to see her in the hospital, wounded," Estrada said, promising to help Bondoc get back to her studies.
Bondoc lives with her grandmother near the scene of the shooting.
Her family urged the suspect to surrender to authorities.
CCTV footage earlier showed Tanto in a fistfight with bicycle rider Mark Vincent Geralde along P. Casal Street.
After their scuffle, Tanto got into his Hyundai Eon while Geralde started to walk away.
The suspect, however, suddenly alighted from his vehicle and shot Geralde point black in the head. He fired several more times after the victim fell to the ground.
Police have launched manhunt operations against Tanto.
His vehicle was discovered Thursday in the house of his brother-in-law in Nueva Vizcaya.
Road rage suspect abandons car, takes bus
The vehicle is set to be turned over to Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame. -- Report from Denni Datu, DZMM