- Zenaida Luz, the regional head of Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) was shot dead by two policemen after she was lured to go out of her home by a text message
- The two gunmen who carried out the killing were Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez
- The partner of Zenaida Luz believed the killing was related to her work as CCW head
Zenaida Luz, 51, was shot in cold-blood by two policemen in Mindoro at around 11 p.m. on Sunday, October 9. Hours before the bloody incident, Luz, who was an anticrime crusader, received a text message from an unidentified sender, purportedly a drug pusher seeking help, which prompted Luz to go out despite the lateness of the hour.
Luz was the Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) regional head. According to her partner, 54-year-old Richard Albert, he warned Luz not to leave the house, but her passion in helping people in need, got the best of her.
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Luz then waited for the sender of the message outside their house. At that precise moment, her partner wasn’t at home, and the only ones around were her two children and a staff member of CCW. It was that fateful move which brought an end to her existence.
Just as Luz was waiting for the supposed sender who needed help, a motorcycle passed by with two riders. One of them was wearing a wig and the other has a ski mask on.
One of them shot Luz and he also shot the mobile phone of Luz where the text message from the alleged pusher was sent.
In response to the call for help of some concerned citizens, policemen pursued the two gunmen and were able to corner them in Barangay Quinabigan in Pinamalayan town.
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When the two gunmen were on the ground, they were quick to say, “Tropa, tropa (troops, troops).”
This was according to Senior Supt. Christopher Birung, police director of Oriental Mindoro.
The two identified gunmen were Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez.
Pimentel occupies a position at the Oriental Mindoro Police Public Safety Company.
Almenarez was the police chief of Socorro town.
Both have been relieved from their positions.
Almenarez was recently awarded by Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa in a ceremony held at Calapan.
Luz was working on a livelihood program that helps former drug users and pushers who had already surrendered to authorities.
Her partner said the murder was related to her work as head of CCW.