FREE THROWS: Another gun-crime statistic!

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews /17 August) – A woman without any known enemy was shot dead weeks ago in Payatas, Quezon City.


She was walking home with a couple of lady friends when a a motorcycle with two men “riding in tandem” approached them.


One of the men called out her name.


She turned her head to respond to the call.


Shots rang out.


She fell. Dead on the pavement. In front of her friends.


The murderers then simply sped away on their motor bike.


Her friends know no other details about the murder.


What they know is that human life and limb there are worth less than a kilo of beef.


The victim in the incident was a nobody.


Her known ‘employment’ (if one can call it that) was that she ran the BARANGAY hall of Area A of Payatas with professional skill.


Hardly was there any mass media mention of her dastardly killing.


But, her life is priceless. She was, after all, a creature of God.


How said that she was murdered and the only thing her friends can say or do, for the moment, is to demand that the police authorities do its job pronto. Identify the culprits.  Bring them before the Bar of Justice. And punish them according to law.


The victim, Vivien de Castro, deserves no less.


The people of Payatas too must be reassured that in this increasingly gun-prone society of ours, law and order are still accessible by ordinary folks like them that would make life a little livable even in a garbage dump like Payatas.


Otherwise, like unknown victims of gun-killings elsewhere in the country, Vivien de Castro would merely wind up as a statistical data of unsolved crimes in the country that would be covered by the dust of societal unconcern. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. of Cagayan de Oro City prefers to be called “Nene Pimentel.”)