TAGUIG CITY — Seventeen-year-old Dave Galangue was on his way to a laundry shop near the Upper Bicutan Elementary School in Taguig City just after noon of 28 September 2017, when he was shot dead by still-unidentified men riding a motorcycle.
Footage from a privately owned closed circuit television camera showed that the victim, who was also on a motorcycle, had been tailed by the two assailants. When Galangue noticed he was being followed, he stopped and made a U-turn. Footage shows the victim briefly engaging with his murderers before he made a move to run away.
The seventeen-year-old was shot four times in the chest.
Galangue’s mother Josefina Junsay told media that her son “was not the type who would talk about his problems, but he didn’t have enemies. And definitely he was not into drugs.”
Galangue dropped out of school in the 8th grade due to financial problems, and began helping his mother, a balut vendor, with finances. Junsay said that her son, “really wanted to be a policeman. He admired them. Astig daw.” (Junsay has lost three children: Galangue’s twin brother died seven years ago after being hit by a stray bullet during a riot near their residence, and his sister died just last month due to natural causes.)
The Taguig police are verifying allegations made by the victim’s neighbors that the teenager was involved in drugs and robberies. Investigators didn’t find any drugs in her son’s pocket or in his motorbike’s compartment.
On the same day at 10:00pm, another Taguig resident, 25-year-old Raymond Pagatpat, was shot dead by still-unidentified men on a motorbike in Barangay South Signal. Barangay officials sent an official report to the police attesting that Pagatpat was involved in robbery-holdup incidents and was a known drug pusher operating in surrounding towns.