The last time we’ve heard, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is hell-bent on pursuing rape-slay murder cases on the persons of interest in the Christine Dacera death incident. This looks good. The police force is doing their best in helping the family of the victim seek justice for her untimely death. They even let uniformed officers carry her coffin during her burial at Forest Lake Memorial Park in General Santos City, last Sunday.
But before Christine, there were many murder cases that happened in 2020 (and even before that year), that are still unsolved and left without the justice that families are still seeking up until this moment.
Jang Lucero murder in Calamba, Laguna
On June 28, a lady driver was found dead with multiple stab wounds in Laguna. Jang Lucero, 34, died on the spot and her assailants are still on the loose, as we speak.
Calamba PNP were so engaged during the first couple of weeks since Lucero’s death but as the mystery and the identities of the suspects were given light, it is as if the authorities’ investigation have died down. The last news we saw was that one of the principal ‘suspect’ is still missing up to this day.
Fabel Pineda case in Ilocos Sur
On July 4, 15-year-old Fabel Pineda was attacked and gunned down on her way home from the Cabugao police station where she had just she filed a “molestation complaint” against two policemen from neighboring San Juan town.
Two police offers, Police Staff Sergeants Randy Ramos and Marawi Torda, were detained following investigation. One female police officer, who refused Fabel protection was also relieved, and has an administrative case filed against her.
In the latest update of this case, it was reported that the case against the killer cops was dismissed in September.
AFP-PNP Jolo encounter
In June, four soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were killed by policemen in a gunfire in Barangay San Raymundo in Jolo, Sulu.
Nine PNP policemen involved in the shooting incident were detained for further investigation. The AFP had accused PNP of a cover-up, as the latter claimed soldiers threatened to shoot at cops. Late September, PNP filed administrative cases against the policemen who were tagged in the fatal shooting of four Philippine Army intelligence agents in Jolo, Sulu.
This month, although there was an announcement that the nine police officers were relieved from their positions, Gen. Debold Sinas made a statement that the detained cops were released and turned-over to their respective families.
The AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Gilbert Gapay was clearly disappointed about this new development.
“It is only unfortunate that despite the DOJ’s filing online of a multiple murder case before the Regional Trial Court in Jolo last January 4, no warrants of arrest have been issued by the court,” said Maj. Gene. Edgard Arevalo, Spokesperson, AFP.
Gregorio murder in Tarlac
On December 20, a mother and son was shot and killed in broad daylight in Tarlac by their neighbor, a police officer assigned in Paranaque City. Police Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca was caught on video fatally shooting his neighbors Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony during a heated argument because of ‘boga’ in Paniqui, Tarlac, 5 days before Christmas.
The victims’ family are seeking justice because the case is still ongoing and Nuezca pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the double murder charges during his arraignment and pre-trial last January 7.
In the latest report from PNP, Nuezca was dismissed by the agency.
PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) report to Sinas said it found Nuezca guilty of grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.
“Taking into consideration all the pieces of evidence submitted by the parties and the admission of the respondent, he seriously compromised his character and standing in the Philippine National Police, which shows his unworthiness to remain in the police service,” the report read.
Netizens are still angry and the dismissal doesn’t take away the fact that Nuezca has the guts to enter a not guilty plea.
These are just some of the murder cases that are still waiting for the proper verdict to be granted in favor of the victims. Some of these cases are still ongoing and unsolved. In some instances, suspects in murder cases like those mentioned above, remain free.