Another Bulacan massacre suspect slain; victims laid to rest

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan — Another “person-of-interest” in the brutal murder of a family of five in Northridge Royale Subdivison, Barangay Sto. Cristo here last June 27 was killed a day after one of the suspects was also found dead Tuesday morning, police report said.

In a report to Bulacan acting police director Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., Supt. Fitz Macariola, San Jose Del Monte City police chief, identified the slain “person of interest” as Rosevelt Serema, alias “Ponga” of Block 1, Lot 11, Northridge Royal Subdivision, Barangay Sto. Cristo in this city.

Macariola said Serema was shot several times by two unidentified masked men who barged inside his house at around 11 a.m. Wednesday, the same time that the five massacre victims were being laid to rest at the Citrus Public Cemetery here.

Serema was rushed to the Grace Hospital in Barangay Gaya-Gaya, also in this city, but was declared dead on arrival by doctors due to multiple gunshot wounds.

His death came a day after Rolando Pacinos alias “Inggo” was found dead and half naked lying under a tree along Palmera road in Barangay Sto. Cristo with a placard placed above his chest declaring “addict at rapist ako, huwag tularan” and a pump belt tied around his neck.

Serema was implicated by arrested and confessed suspect Carmelino Ibanez alias “Miling” in the killings of Auring Dizon, 58; Estrella Dizon, 35, Donny Carlos y Dizon, 11; Ella Carlos y Dizon, 7; and Dexter Carlos Jr., one year old.

Meanwhile, even the skies “wept” as the victims were being brought to their final resting place at the Citrus Public Cemetery here.

Macariola estimated that more than 2,000 people, including relatives of the victims, came sporting white headbands as a sign of sympathy and belief that the five will rest in peace and go to heaven.

He said the caskets of the victims were first brought to the St. Joseph Church where a Holy Mass was held for them. At around 11 a.m., their remains were brought to the cemetery.

Dexter Carlos Sr., a security guard who is the husband of victim Estrella and father of the three slain children, said he was still in shock and felt nothing when told that two of the “persons-of-interests” were already killed.

“Hindi ko pa alam kung kailan ko malalampasan ang pangungulila sa pamilya ko. Ang hiling ko lang sa mahal na Pangulo ay kung sakaling maibalik ang death penalty ay unang sampolan ang mga gumawa nito sa aking pamilya,” Carlos said.

Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that the tragic incident only shows the “clear and present danger” of the evils of the dope menace in society.

He also said that this proves why President Rodrigo Duterte is dead serious in eradicating this malady at all cost.

“Let us rally behind our President and support him all the way in the all-out-war against illegal drugs so that this kind of tragedy brought by the devil will not happen again,” Alvarado said.

Last Tuesday afternoon, President Duterte came to the wake of the victims and personally condoled with the family.

During his talk with Carlos, President Duterte promised to give him a housing unit, cash assistance, and cellular phone so he could contact him (Duterte) if he needed his help.

The President said that justice will be served and warned that drug-crazed criminals cannot escape the long arms of the law.

“I will repeat my warning: I have told everybody since the beginning that if you destroy my country, I will kill you. And if you destroy the young of this country – it happened here which is more of what could be a work of a devil – patayin ‘yung mga bata, papatayin ko kayo (If you kill the children, I will kill you),” he said. Emil Gamos/