Justice – this is the cry of family, friends, and relatives of the slain DOTA champion who lost his life when caught in a police checkpoint and was suspected to be an alleged member of “akyat-bahay gang” due to his tattoo.
According to reports, the 17-year-old Joshua Laxamana refused to stop in a police checkpoint and even fought against the police officers after he was caught possessing illegal substance and a .45 caliber pistol.
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The police also claim that Joshua is a member of a notorious akyat-bahay gang and the basis for this accusation is the young man’s tattoo on his right hand which according to them is the trademark of the burglar group.
But the 34-year-old single mother of Joshua – Cristine denied all the accusation and explained that her son went to Baguio to compete for a DOTA gaming tournament together with his two friends.
On August 17, one of Joshua’s friends already arrived home and said that the three of them parted ways at the roadside of TPLEX. After three days of anxiously waiting, Cristine went to Tarlac police station to report her missing son.
But on August 21, authorities told her that Joshua was found lifeless somewhere in Rosales, Pangasinan.
The mourning mother explained that Joshua’s tattoo which the police claimed to be a trademark of a notorious gang is actually a “Queen of Pain” character, and playable avatar in DOTA which is often played by Joshua.
Cristine also insisted that Joshua never learned how to drive and never owned any firearm and motorcycle.
Joshua’s unfortunate passing caught the attention of human rights groups and critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal substance and called for the further investigation on Joshua’s shootout incident.
Coincidentally, Joshua’s fatal shooting happened in the same month as the anniversary of the assassination of the 17-year-old Kian delos Santos who was shot during a buy-bust operation in Caloocan City last August 2017.