By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
MANILA — Just as the remains of Arnel Leonor was laid down in his grave, the residents and supporters of the struggle in Silverio compound chanted, “Justice for Arnel.”
“As Leonor is laid to rest today, we call for justice for the victims of the brutality of this state. We promise no let up in this fight. The Filipino masses shall soon be able to end this oppressive government and its anti-poor and fascist policies,” Gloria Arellano, secretary general of Kadamay, said.
Leonor was killed during the violent demolition of homes in Silverio compound in Paranaque City. He was merely watching the barricade from afar, near the center island of Sucat road, when a bullet pierced his head. Television news reports show that the police were firing at the residents but official investigation now claims that the person who killed Leonor came from the ranks of the protesters. The Leonor family, however, are not convinced.
As the remains of Leonor was being carried outside Silverio compound, residents showered him with white confetti. They clapped their hands and raised clenched fists as Leonor passed by. Most of them were wearing white shirts printed with, “Justice for Arnel Leonor.”
(Photo by Janess Ann J. Ellao / bulatlat.com)
Glenda Leonor, mother of the Arnel, clutched in her heart a photo of her son and plaque from youth group Anakbayan, who earlier paid him a tribute..... MORE