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Daughter of slain police officer seeks justice for him

 

“JUSTICE for my dad!”

These words were repeated by the youngest daughter of the slain Senior Supt. Manolo Martinez, commander of Manila police Station 8, whose remains were cremated Saturday after a hero’s burial in Manila.

April Martinez, the third among the brood of three, could not hold back her tears as the white coffin of her father was being carried out of the Western Police District (WPD) headquarters on the way to the crematorium at the Paz Memorial Funeral Homes in Quezon City.



A 21-gun salute was rendered for Martirez during the final necro­logical services at the funeral homes.

April said her family could not ask for anything more than to see justice being served for their murdered head of the family.

“We have no other plans but to seek justice for my father,” she said.

April and her eldest sister Olive and brother Fritz hugged their mother Lucila to a comfort her during the entire services.

The family asked the WPD to follow up on the arrest of the people involved in the September 18 killing of Martinez.

Investigators said another angle being pursued is the involvement of a big-time businessman who harbors an ill feeling against Martinez.

Investigators said the businessman was affected by the anticrime operations of Martinez in Manila.

“There are so many possible leads. He may have run afoul of drug rings and vendor syndicates while he was head of Station 4,” said an investigator who asked not to be named.

Martinez was reassigned to Station 8, which covers Santa Mesa and Mendiola. His previous assignment was Station 4, which covers the Sampaloc district.

Martinez was shot dead in an early-morning ambush in front of the WPD Station 8 Monday. The ambush also wounded his aide, a woman bystander and a bus conductor.

Before his assignment to Station 4, Martinez headed the WPD Station 5, which covers the tourist areas of Ermita and Malate.

During his stint as Station 5 commander in 2003 Martinez was linked to the summary execution of some suspected robbers near the Robinson’s Place mall in Malate.

By Jonathan Vicente

 

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