• In death, Vizconde ‘reunites’ with family


    IT had always been Lauro Vizconde’s wish to be reunited with his slain wife and two daughters.

    Until his last breath on Saturday, he reminded his relatives to have his family buried with him.

    To grant his wish, the remains of Estrellita and daughters Carmela and Jennifer were exhumed from their graves in Holy Cross Memorial Park in Quezon City on Wednesday morning.

    Their remains, placed in plastic containers, were first brought to the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City (Metro Manila) to meet the remains of the Vizconde patriarch for an interment called “salubungan.”

    After the ceremony, the family members were buried together in a common grave at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City (Metro Manila).

    Relatives and several anti-crime advocates attended the funeral.

    They carried a banner that read, “Our dream for truth and justice will never die!”

    The 77-year-old founding president of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) passed away on February 13 after suffering a fourth cardiac arrest.

    Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista Jr., spokesman for the VACC, said Vizconde had been in and out of the hospital for the past year because of diabetes complications and pulmonary diseases.

    VACC President Dante Jimenez said Vizconde never left their house until his final days, and has never changed the arrangement of their master bedroom nor the rooms of his children.

    “Lauro has always said that his house where the gruesome murders of his wife and two daughters happened has always been his connection and reaching out with his family for the past 25 years,” Jimenez added.

    He noted that the family patriarch died a “frustrated father” after the Supreme Court in 2010 acquitted Hubert Webb and other convicts in the murder of Vizconde’s family in 1991.

    “[The decision] triggered the deterioration of his health and the will to live,” the VACC president said.


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