MANILA -- The fiancée of slain motorcycle rider Anthony Mendoza cried for justice during the burial service of Mendoza and called on the suspect to surrender to authorities.
Marian Reginaldo, who was set to marry Mendoza, was in tears as she delivered a speech during Mendoza's burial.
"Hindi mamamatay si Anthony ng ganito lang, na walang saysay. Bibigyan natin ng saysay 'yung pagkamatay niya. I believe na hindi siya namatay ng para lang sa wala pero nag-sacrifice siya para sa ating lahat, para sa aming lahat," Reginaldo said while in tears.
(Anthony will not die like this, with no meaning. We will give meaning to his death. I believe he did not die for nothing but rather he sacrificed for everyone, for all of us.)
Mendoza, 27, was buried in Antipolo on Sunday morning. He was shot dead along Quezon Avenue after he figured in a near-collision with another motorist alleged to be Fredison Atienza.
Reginaldo called on the suspect to surrender, saying the incident did not just destroy Mendoza's life but hers as well.
"Dun sa pumatay, sumuko ka na. Maraming nagmamahal dun sa tao. Kung may kunsensya ka pa sa mga sinira mong buhay, hindi lang siya kundi pati kami," she said.
(To the suspect, surrender. Many people love Anthony. If you still have a conscience for the lives you destroyed, not just his but ours as well.)
Reginaldo also promised her slain fiancé that she will continue to fight for justice.
"Alam ko na safe ka na at na kay Lord ka na pero lalaban pa rin kami for you. Hindi ka naming pababayaan. Mahal na mahal kita. Mahal na mahal ka namin. We will be intact. We will stand as a family para sa 'yo lahat—kami ng pamilya mo, ng mga kaibigan mo, mga nagmamahal sa 'yo. Maraming nagmamahal sa 'yo," she said.
(I know you are now safe and with the Lord but we will still fight for you. We will not abandon you. I love you very much. We love you very much. We will stand as a family for you--you family, friends, and those who love you. Many people love you.) -- with reports from Jeffrey Hernaez, DZMM