Drug war victim? Stray bullet kills girl while in church

Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 22 2016 03:26 PM | Updated as of Dec 22 2016 11:36 PM

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Parents of Kristine Joy Sailog, 12, mourn the death of their youngest child. Kristine Joy was killed by a stray bullet Wednesday evening. Photo by Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

"Mama...mama ko."

These were the last few words uttered by 12 year-old Kristine Joy Sailog after a stray bullet pierced her heart Wednesday night before attending the Simbang Gabi (dawn mass) with her mother and siblings in Biñan, Laguna.

Kristine Joy, youngest among three siblings, was waiting at the church's gate when four unidentified gunmen shot barangay tanod Allan Fernandez. Two bullets hit Kristine Joy and a woman identified as Rowena Flores.

Rowena was rushed to the hospital and currently under observation in the ICU. Kristine Joy died in her mother's arms several minutes after the shooting incident. 

Allan, on the other hand, died on the spot. He was serving as a barangay police officer. 

Allan, the suspects' primary target, was a drug user but recently surrendered to local police when they implemented Oplan Tokhang several months ago.

With two persons dead and one wounded, the officials of Barangay San Antonio have condemned the killings. They continue to stand by their residents and hope for the best.

Meanwhile, Kristine Joy's mother and father cry in pain. They said their daughter had huge dreams, including buying a beautiful home for them one day. She was sweet and thoughtful, her parents said.