DUBAI – The family of slain businesswoman Lorna Varona wants justice for the brutal death of their kin.
Pablo Varona, husband of Lorna, tries to stay strong for the sake of his family. He is just thankful that his children are with him.
“Si Lorna, hindi mo makalimutan yan dahil hindi lang siguro kalahati ng buhay ko yan. Kaya nahihirapan ako pagwala na siya kasi parang hindi ako makakilos lahat na lang Lorna tapos na wala na siya. Buti na lang nandito mga anak ko kung wala ewan ko lang,” he said.
He added that the suspect, Erick de Chavez, was their friend of two decades. Pablo said he even crossed paths with the suspect on the same day he reported his wife missing to the police.
“Nag-meet sila dahil may usapan sila na dapat ayusin ang utang ng suspect sa kanya. But when they reached the place, nobody was there to pay the money and the guy siguro insisted to get the passport because his passport is in Lorna’s bag,” he said.
Pablo said the suspect’s motive was to get hold of his passport and destroy evidence.
“So pinagsaksak hangang sa mamatay. Nilagay niya sa trunk. Dinala sa Sharjah iniwan at nagtaxi pauwi,” he said.
De Chavez is now under the custody of the Sharjah police.
Meanwhile, relatives and friends threw in their support for the grieving family.
“Up to now hindi ko matangap na wala na siya. Para kaming magkakapatid wala kaming samaan ng loob,” said Emy Shukrulla, Lorna’s friend.
Another friend, Belen Edanol, said she and Lorna had been friends for the last 32 years.
“Talagang mahirap mawalan ng kaibigan. This is a tragedy for all of us,” Edanol said.
Lorna is one of the first Filipinos who successfully established her very own business in Dubai. During her 30 years in Dubai, Lorna was able to put up four successful businesses.
“Siya iyung unang naging successful sa amin. Siya iyung way para makarating kami sa UAE and that we owe it to her,” said her sister, Lolit Lim.
According to her children, Lorna was a fighter and a good mother to them.
“I’ll remember her as a fighter. I know how strong she is as a woman and even the last seconds in her life she fought,” said her eldest daughter Alots.
Her son Louis Varona said, “She is a person with principle and has a soft heart. She will stand for what is right”.
Her youngest, Liza, vowed to continue her legacy.
“Ma, wag kang mag-alala lahat ng pinaghirapan mo ipagpapatuloy namin yan,” she said. report from Glenn Vergara, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau