Police: Killing of 14-year-old Taguig teen not drug-related

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  • Taguig City police chief ruled out drugs in the killing of 14-year-old Taguig teenager
  • He said there was nothing to indicate he was involved in the illegal drug trade
  • He also said teen’s death may be related to gang violence, or personal grudges

MANILA, Philippines – Taguig City police are ruling out drugs in the death of 14-year-old Mark Salonga; saying there is no indication he was involved in the illicit trade.

“Ayon po sa initial investigation ng ating TCP, wala naman pong kinalaman sa droga ito,” GMA News quoted Taguig City police chief Sr. Supt. Alexander Santos as saying. [Based on the TCP’s initial investigation, this case has nothing to do with drugs.]

According to Santos, Salonga may have been killed either by rival gang members or someone who held a personal vendetta against him.

“Siguro po ito’y personal. Alam n’yo naman po mga bata siguro may kapilyuhan o baka away po, away po niya ng kapwa rin niya kabataan,” he said.

[Maybe this is personal. You know how children have grudges or fights, maybe he had a fight with his peers.]

Salonga’s mother had earlier admitted that his son had undergone rehabilitation for using marijuana.

Local officials of the barangay where Salonga lived said the teen had also been caught multiple times for theft but was always pardoned by his victims.

“Ilang beses na siya nahuli, pinapatawad kasi nga naaawa dun sa bata at binibigyan ng pagkakataon,” Brgy. Captain Jerome Mendiola of Brgy. Palingon said.

[He was caught many times, but was forgiven because they pitied the child and gave him a chance.]

Salonga was gunned down by two gunmen on Friday as he was walking down a street with a companion. Police have yet to identify or apprehend the assailants.

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