‘Had she been with us for Christmas, she would still be alive’


KAWIT, Cavite—Carissa Camigan regretted that she didn’t push enough to have Michaella Andrea Caimol, 7, with her family during the holidays.

“If only she stayed with us, she would still be alive,” Camigan said on Saturday as she held out a new, white dress she had bought for her granddaughter.

“At least, for the last time, she’d be wearing something nice,” she said.

Michaella, 7, a tricycle driver’s daughter, was one of the victims in the shooting spree of drug-crazed Ronald Bae on Friday morning.

Her siblings, Ken Cedric, 3, and KC, 2, survived but remained confined with gunshot wounds in Philippine General Hospital in Manila.

The Caimols, except for the children’s parents who are in the hospital, were gathered in their tumbledown shanties as they prepared for Michaella’s wake.

They planned to hold the wake on a vacant lot in the neighborhood because “our home is too small,” said their aunt, Maita Lacorte.

No more coffins

The family believed Michaella’s wake was the only one for the shooting victims that had not been set up as of Saturday noon because the funeral home in town had run out of coffins and there was none for the girl.

The bodies of two-month pregnant Rhea de Vera, 34, and her 3-year-old daughter, Jan Monica, were taken to a relative’s home in Noveleta town, Cavite province, the neighbors said.

Camigan, who lives in Carmona town, Cavite, said Michaella had called her about spending Christmas vacation with her.

“She was telling me she’d still want to go to [Carmona] even after the New Year but I don’t know why [she didn’t],” Lacorte said.

Fled for their lives

Lacorte said she and seven others, including four children, fled their homes as Bae, a former barangay official, roamed the streets shooting people when she realized that the Caimol children were still in their house.

“But what could we do? We could not go back because [Bae] would come after us. I heard the shots and the children’s screams,” she said.

Lacorte said her group ran to a field and pleaded with residents in the subdivision there to let them in.

“As we ran, I covered the children with cogon and told them not to make any noise. They cried quietly,” she said.

The Caimol children’s other grandmother, Aniolina Caimol, said Michaella loved to dance and play with her siblings.

“We even had some sort of a Christmas party here where they danced a lot,” she said.

Second bullet

Not far from the Caimols was the wake for 43-year-old tricycle driver Boyet Toledo.

On Friday morning, Toledo took his wife Polcida, 38, a laundrywoman, to her job before driving back to Barangay Tabon I to drop off another passenger.

Witnesses said Toledo was about to buy cigarettes from a store when Bae saw and shot him in the leg.

“Some said he fell to the ground and the gunman fired a second shot to [Toledo’s] back,” Toledo’s cousin Candy del Mundo, 28, said.

The second bullet went through Toledo’s heart.

Toledo left behind two sons, aged 14 and 8. Polcida Toledo said her husband was sweet and caring and they called each other “sweetheart.”

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  • batangpaslit

    the neighborhood subdivision, did they allow the escaping family to hide in their homes?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    To: President Noynoy

    Mataas na talaga yang crime rate sa Cavite. Yung na rape-slay na dalaga, sa Cavite rin nangyari yun. NAKA-DROGA ANG MGA KRIMINAL !! Dapat po hindi lang mga Chiefs of police ang tanggalin sa Cavite. . pati yung provincial commander , sibakin na din. .

    Also, pls ask the NBI to investigate the following :
    1. Nasa order of battle na pala yang killer na si Bae noon pang 2010, bakit hindi pa naaaresto ? Taong 2013 na ngayon, inantay pang makapatay ng 7 tao.

    2. May mga lisensya ba at permit to carry ang mga baril ni Bae ? Ang daming baril pala ni BAE ! Kung mayroon, dapat imbestigahan kung papaano nakakuha ng lisensya at permit to carry ng baril ang isang drug suspect na tulad ni Bae na nasa order of battle na ng PNP at PDEA. Dapat po ay imbestigahan din yang Firearms and Explosives Division (FED) ng Crame na nag-issue ng gun license at PTC ng baril. . Magkano ang dahilan at nakakuha ng gun license at PTC yang si Bae? Black eye na naman yan sa PNP !!

    • Komen To

      Correct. The people deserves to know truth why

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    Paano di lalakas ang droga jan e si Bong Revilla daw ang protector…..d namin sure kung totoo pero yan ang balitang balita…….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    d ba kayo nagtataka…silent ang mga lawmakers natin sa droga…..mga protektor kasi…..si Tito Sotto nag campaign noon against drug pero lumabas ang balita na protektor din di ba?

  • Komen To

    I really wonder how, in the past administration, the Chinese can bring in large laboratory equipment for Shabu and set several labs in the Philippines. Now we seldom hear of news of big laboratories. Are they stopped by customs or they are free to set up now? I hope PNoy will also take a serious look at these drugs problems. We support you to stop dealers, users, manufacturers of illegal drugs

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRBW2RJR4WNWVIDZVSCLFQK4KQ Spike

    Remullas and Revillas are worthless

    • niap kcen

      if i may add: Remullas, Revillas and Bae are worthless sociopath and a menace to society.. 

  • tamakajan

    Politicians should be on a Drug test, if they turn positive they should be penalized, booted out and banned from government positions. What do you think?
    Some Filipinos run for power and money like this one who run wild.

  • dorothyanne88

    Madam Editor, highlighting the horrible deaths of the gunman’s victims for a week is overkill, dizzying to read. Why dwell too much on the fate of these hapless victims? What’s the hidden agenda behind this too much publicity? Remand this matter to the police and the court while we all pray to God for deliverance of swift Justice and bounteous blessings to the bereaved families as a recompense of their griefs and sorrows. God is good and merciful if only we focus our trust in Him

  • EdsonArantesDoNascimiento

    In this country, “sa uulitin uli,” to put it succinctly!!!! PI talaga!!!!

  • To_Be_Continued

    They say politics is the art and science of ADDITION (Getting as many new friends including the strangest of stranger.)

    In the same manner, drug abuse eradication and upholding of peace and order must be anchored on the art  and science of SUBTRUCTION. Bring back the death penalty and let us kill as many drug lords and heinious crime perpetrators as much as we can. It is as simple as that. This nation will only be enjoyed by peace lovers and goal-centered people if we get rid of those who deprived us to enjoy its blessings.

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