‘Tisoy’ laid to rest in Iloilo hometown, as cry for justice continues

Bea Zaragosa, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 14 2018 06:58 PM

Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo died after being detained for violating a city ordinance in Quezon City. ABS-CBN News

Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo, who died after being detained for violating a city ordinance last month, was buried Saturday in his hometown in Concepcion, Iloilo. 

Argoncillo was picked up by the police because he was not wearing a shirt. He was charged with alarm and scandal but his family insisted he was just going to a store nearby.

The coffin of Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo is carried along the shoreline of his hometown in Iloilo before he was buried. ABS-CBN News

On Saturday, Argoncillo's relatives and neighbors helped carry his coffin along the shoreline up to the church and at the gravesite, while children held up streamers calling for justice. 

Argoncillo was buried in Barangay Bagongon, an island barangay in Concepcion, the place he left hoping to find better opportunities elsewhere to lift his family from poverty. 

According to his father, "Tisoy" asked permission to work in Manila even though he only finished Grade 4. He was hoping his son would still be able to finish his studies. 

Argoncillo's father appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop arresting loiterers to prevent a similar death from happening.

Meanwhile, Argoncillo's sister, Marilou, said she has lost her trust in the police. She is hoping that justice would be served to the ones responsible for her brother's death.

She recalled "Tisoy" as a kind brother willing to help the family. She said she recently dreamt of her brother and he was asking for help. 

Cause-oriented groups such as Karapatan-Panay appealed to the government to look into the matter closely to prevent another incident. 

The group also vowed to help the family in the filing of a case. They would also bring up the issue on their own version of the State of the Nation Address.