Marikina City, Extrajudicial Killings, Rappler İn-Depth Stories, Kim Lester Ramos, Lauro Lagarde

Marikina City, Extrajudicial Killings

Victim plays dead: In Marikina, a new case of ‘extrajudicial killing’

A cop kills a construction worker in a Marikina subdivision. Police say he tried to snatch the cop's gun. A witness says he was murdered, shot point-blank at the back of his head.

13.10.2019

A cop kills a construction worker in a Marikina subdivision. Police say he tried to snatch the cop's gun. A witness says he was murdered, shot point-blank at the back of his head.

A cop kills a construction worker in a Marikina subdivision. Police say he tried to snatch the cop's gun. A witness says he was murdered, shot point-blank at the back of his head.

Kim Lester Ramos, 23, loved playing basketball. He was short and thin, but the players who knew him said his feet moved with certainty. He spoke little but laughed often. He did not smoke. Only drank on birthdays and holidays. He was still more of a boy than a man. They all said he was kind.

The people of Mountain View Subdivision in Marikina City know a different story. They say they were the lucky ones in the government’s war, as not one of their men had been lost in a TokHang visit or buy-bust after

Confronted with their first case, they could not sleep. They said they could not stay silent either. On the rotting railings of the court hung a spread of black cloth painted red and orange that said “JUSTICE FOR KIM.” Posted a few steps away was a tarpaulin screaming the same, but with a label for Kim: “EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLING VICTIM.”

He remembered seeing darkness even before the sun set on October 5, the day he almost died. Lauro shut his eyes as he bled after being shot and falling from his motorcycle. He held his breath and lay still, pretending to be dead as Kim ran away.

Lauro forced his eyes shut once more. He choked back tears and screams.

, when a cop whizzed past them aboard a motorcycle then made a U-turn. The cop spoke with a man on the street they did not know, then looked to Kim and Lauro.

(You addicts, stop using illegal drugs already),” Lauro recalled the cop saying. Then the cop sped off, leaving the boys shocked.

NIGHT PRAYER. Members of a born-again Christian community that Kim Lester Ramos was a part of offer him a prayer. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

At around 6:45 pm, Christopher said there were around a dozen cops at the crime scene, 3 of them standing guard around his cousin. He began to panic as there was no ambulance in sight. The cops were just looking, he said.

Mahahawakan ko na sana. Muntik na. Kung nahawakan ko ‘yun itatakbo ko talaga ‘yun eh

Christopher cried for cops to call an ambulance. Again, they just looked. Helpless, Christopher joined the rest who were staring at his cousin, praying that he would move again.

At the funeral parlor, Norman saw his son up close. Kim wore a white shirt and bright silver basketball shorts. His right eye was a red void, while his forehead and knees still bled from the fall on the asphalt.

For Ansly and Leslie,"working" on the case meant the cops were working on a false narrative to spin the case against Kim and Lauro.

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