Philippines Farewell of Christopher Guarin
Slain community newspaper publisher Christopher Guarin was laid to rest in nearby Polomolok town in South Cotabato on Sunday afternoon amid calls from his family and colleagues for faster police investigation and the immediate arrest of the gunmen and masterminds behind the killing.
In a requiem mass at the Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church in Barangay Lagao here, Guarin’s wife Lyn reiterated her calls for the immediate arrest of the two suspected hired gunmen and the brains behind the murder.
“I just want justice for my husband. I know God will make them pay for it,” she said in between sobs.
The funeral mass was joined by around 200 family members, friends, colleagues and city officials led by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Banas.
Akbayan partylist Rep. Walden Bello and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) board trustee Mario Aguja made a brief stop at the parish church and later joined several Akbayan activists who showed up with placards seeking justice for Guarin and other victims of media killings in the country.
Around 50 vehicles carrying streamers calling for speedy justice for Guarin’s murder later joined the funeral motorcade from this city here to the Holy Garden Matutum Memorial Park in Polomolok town.