Ex-Batangas solon who was burned in car laid to rest
Ex-Batangas solon who was burned in car laid to rest
Arnell Ozaeta (Philstar.com) - January 14, 2020 - 4:39pm

BATANGAS, Philippines — Former Batangas congressman Edgar Mendoza was brought to his final resting place Tuesday at the Eternal Gardens in Batangas City.

Hundreds of his family and friends, clad in black shirts that said “Justice for Ed Mendoza”, attended the funeral service.

In her message, daughter Paula thanked all of those who have been with them in their difficult journey. 

“Dama po namin ang pagmamahal ninyo sa aming daddy. Sana po ay 'wag n'yo s'yang makakalimutan sa inyong mga dasal. Maraming salamat sa pamilyang Mendoza dahil matatag pa rin tayo hanggang ngayon. Lakasan pa natin ang ating loob kasi hindi pa tapos ang laban. Kailangan magkaroon ng hustisya para kay daddy,” she uttered.

The ex-lawmaker’s sister was very emotional in her farewell.  

“How do you say goodbye to a person whom you have loved, admired and respected all your life? Painful as it is, we have to say goodbye to Kuya Ed,” she said weeping. 

She added “Alam ko po na kayong lahat na kaibigan namin at nagmamahal sa amin at kaibigan ni Kuya Ed ay kasama namin sa mahabang labang ito. Pero alam ko po with the help of God’s grace and the people who have been working with us, all the different law enforcement agencies, all of Kuya Ed’s friends, we will be able to get justice for him.”

The former Batangas representative died at the age of 69.  He was going to turn 70 tomorrow, January 15.  

Mendoza was killed January 9 after his remains were found inside a burning vehicle in Tiaong, Quezon together with his two companions; driver Ruel Ruiz and aid Nicanor Mendoza. His family reported him missing when he failed to come home last Wednesday evening. 

Initial reports disclosed that the bodies had been burnt to the bone making it difficult to ascertain the identities of the victims. But the vehicle was identified as owned by Mendoza who was last seen alive on Wednesday, January 8.

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