Kin bewails reinstatement of Mindoro cops in crime buster's slay


Posted at Nov 08 2017 04:20 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2017 04:36 PM

Mourners carry a banner with a photo of slain crime watchdog Zenaida Luz. Noel Alamar, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The family of anti-crime crusader Zenaida Luz bemoaned on Wednesday the reinstatement of 2 senior policemen tagged in her killing in Oriental Mindoro last year.

Luz, regional head of Citizens Crime Watch (CCW), was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen outside her home in October 2016.

Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez, who were wearing a ski mask and a woman's wig, were arrested in the ensuing pursuit. They were allowed to post bail of P1 million last August and returned to active duty this week.

Luz's sister Perlita Alvarez said her family is "very disappointed" over the reinstatement of the duo despite the strong evidence against them.

"Kami po ay may witness na, nahuli na po sila, kitang-kita ninyong naka-wig. Lahat ng ebidensya ay andoon nang lahat. Pero ganoon kadaling baligtarin iyung kaso," Alvarez told DZMM.

"Naiisip ko, paano pa kaya iyung ibang pinatay na ni wala man lang silang mapaghabulan ng pagpatay sa kanilang mga kaanak."

(We have witnesses, they were caught in the act, they were wearing wigs. All the evidence was there. But it has been so easy to reverse the case. I wonder how much harder it is for the families who lost loved ones to unknown killers.)

Alvarez also slammed the court for giving the cops temporary freedom after they claimed that they were merely passing by on the night her sister was killed.

Pimentel and Almeranez, she said, tried to pay her family and their lawyer P2.5 million to drop their charges.

Policemen who nabbed the 2 officers also received threats, she said.

Alvarez said her family has discovered several documents that may shed light on why the cops allegedly murdered her sister. She declined to give more details as this may preempt the court hearing that will resume in February.

She said she remained confident that her sister will get justice.

"Kahit may mga taong napapaikot ng pera, kapangyarihan at koneksyon, may mga tao pa rin na makatuwiran," she said.

"Kung wala man po noon dito, alam ko naman po na ang Diyos ay nakasubaybay pa rin po lagi at mas matindi pong maningil ang ating Panginoon."

(Even if some people are influenced by money, power and connection, there are others who remain righteous. But if it isn't so, I know that God is always watching and the Lord exacts a higher price.)