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Victim’s mom: How did illegal drugs find their way to summer party?


The mother of one of the five people who died after attending an overnight concert in Pasay City over the weekend has called for justice for her son, an exclusive report on "24 Oras" said Tuesday.

Speaking to GMA News' Steve Dailisan, Gemma Migawa wondered how dangerous drugs, which were being linked to the death of her son Ken and four others, got into the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds unnoticed by security personnel.

"Magagalit ka talaga kasi buhay ng anak mo (ang nawala). Inalagaan mo 'yan," Migawa said.

"Ano ba 'yung nangyaring ganun? Lahat ba ng umattend doon binentahan nila ng ganun?" she added.

Migawa said it pained her to see her youngest and favorite son die at the tender age of 18.

"Baby ko 'yan eh. Youngest son ko siya. Masakit man sabihin sa mga kuya niya pero siya talaga ang pinakamahal kong anak," she said.

If she could only turn back the clock, Migawa said she would not have allowed Ken to attend the concert with his five friends.

Migawa and the rest of her family were vacationing in Japan when news about Ken's untimely demise came. 

Aside from Ken, the other fatalities were Eric Anthony Miller, an American; Ariel Leal; Bianca Fontejon; and Lance Garcia.

The five, who did not know each other, became unconscious while attending an overnight concert dubbed Closeup Forever Summer, which attracted an estimated 14,000 people.

Police are looking at drug overdose as the possible cause of the deaths. following reports that the drinks distributed at the event were laced with “Green Amore,” a lethal mix of ecstasy and shabu.

There were also reports that illegal drugs were peddled at the venue. 

Meanwhile, Closeup said it is ready to provide assistance to the families of victims.

"Ang focus talaga namin the past few days is really puntahan 'yung mga pamilyang naapektuhan lalo na 'yung mga namatayan. Whatever support we can offer them, of course andito lang kami," said Ed Sunico of Closeup manufacturer Unilever Philippines.

Ken's remains would be cremated on Sunday, May 29. —Virgil Lopez/NB/KG, GMA News

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