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Justice for Zenaida Luz

  • Written by Joey C. Papa
  • Published in Opinion
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On October 9, 2016, two men riding in tandem on a motorcycle shot dead Zenaida Luz in front of her house in Barangay Maligaya, Municipality of Gloria, Mindoro Oriental. 

Luz was the regional chairperson of the Citizens Crime Watch while the killers turned out to be Police Senior Inspector Magdaleno Pimentel, Jr. and Inspector Markson Almeranez disguised as civilians. Pimentel, according to reports, wore a bonnet and jacket while Almeranez wore a mask and a wig.
    
Nakababahala ang pagpatay kay Zenaida Luz. Binaril at pinatay siya sa harap mismo ng bahay niya. Katulad din ng iba pang mga mabubuting lider- mamamayan ng kanilang mga komunidad at ng mga peryodista na pinapatay sa harap ng kanilang mga bahay at pamilya, matindi na ang ganitong mga nangyayari. As the late Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez asked after he was ambushed “what is happening to our country, General?”
    
Mr. President this killing must s-t-o-p! 
 
House senior deputy minority leader and Buhay Party list Representative Lito Atienza is also increasingly alarmed by the “de facto” death penalty prevailing in the country as a consequence of summary killings of individuals tagged as “drug pushers.”
    
In a press statement, the pro-life crusader solon said: “The de facto death penalty that we now have is even more repulsive than the lawful restoration of capital punishment being proposed by a number of colleagues in Congress.”  
 
Atienza bewailed that those who are getting killed are “mostly poor and defenseless people . . . without the benefit of a full and fair trial.” He added that “convicted drug traffickers, kidnappers and murderers at the New Bilibid Prisons are far better off” because they are still alive and can have their day in court, while the victims of summary execution “never even had the chance to enjoy their basic rights to be informed of the nature and cause of the allegations against them, and to confront the witnesses against them.”
   
The summary executions, said Atienza, are “an absolute mockery of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, which guarantees that no person may be deprived of life without due process of law, and that no person shall be denied equal protection of the laws.”
   
The Oriental Mindoro Police has filed a case against the killers and brought them to the Prosecutor’s Office for inquest proceedings, which should be the case in all other killings.
 
I strongly agree with Atienza that the daily killings “are brutalizing Filipinos everywhere, especially children. We do not want our children to grow up in neighborhoods where a dehumanizing culture of death and violence pervades. Our children deserve a nurturing environment and a culture of life where they can grow, play and learn.”
    
Malaki ang magagawa ni Pangulong Duterte upang malinawan nating lahat  kung ang araw-araw na patayang nagaganap ay may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga. Aba’y sumasabay ang mga kriminal sa “kultura ng patayan.” Lahat ba talaga ng nagaganap na pagpatay ay dahil sa iligal na droga?
 
‘Yung naganap na pagpatay sa isang ‘umano’y dating pulis sa kanto ng Tandang Sora at Commonwealth Avenue na kitang-kita ng maraming tao ay karumal-dumal! Binaril din ang babaeng nakasakay sa pampasaherong dyip na asawa ng tsuper dahil kinukunan sila ng video mula sa cellphone nito habang nagaganap ang pamamaril. Anim na lalaki ang mga walang takot na  namaril sa harap ng maraming tao.
    
Isang OFW, si Mark Anthony Culata, ng Tanza Cavite, na nagbabakasyon lamang dito sa ating bansa ang natagpuang patay sa bayan ng Tanza. Pabalik na ‘umano ito sa Saudi Arabia ayon sa mga kaanak niya. Napanood ko sa TV Patrol ang ipinakitang CCTV footage na nakasakay sa motorsiklo si Culata at pinatigl ng tatlong pulis sa isang checkpoint. Pinalagpas siya ngunit pagbalik niya ay isinakay na siya ng mga pulis sa isang van. ‘Yun ang huling pagkakita sa kanya ng buhay. Sinabi ni Rose Roque ng Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC)  sa ABS-CBN na naniniwala siyang may malakas silang kaso laban sa tatlong pulis na nasa checkpoint na nagpatigil kay Culata noong Setyembre 9. Si Roque ay Chief coordinator ng VACC. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)