Ruby Garcia, 52, shot dead inside home in Talaba, Bacoor, Cavite
It is very, very sad to know that I was chatting to
a lady reporter friend without an inkling that 10 hours later two men will get
inside his house in Barangay Talaba, Bacoor, Cavite to pump four bullets
into her frail body and one in her arm.
At 11:59 p.m. of 5 April 2014, Rubylita Garcia,
popped out in my PM chat room pricking my conscience why I did not come to the
birthday party last April 3 of a common friend in Tanza, Cavite.
After responding that I could not do so because of
so many deadlines, she pricked my conscience again about my pledge to help her
and her family members in their problems with their land. This was my pledge as my own way of paying
back for her being a very good friend to me.
On this she asked: “Sige po kelan
po ako puwede pumunta para dun sa inilalambing ko sa iyong lupa.”
I told her that I was still waiting for the deed of
assignments that I prepared to be signed by her relatives because these were
indispensable to a petition to be filed for them.
She complained to me that the case should be filed
soon because her siblings were crying for it already. Thus, she said: “Worried na po kasi kapatid ko umiiyak na
nga sa akin, opo napapirmahan ko na sa kanila.”
Then she agreed to visit me on April 6, 2014 at my
office to prepare her case.
But she never came.
At 10:00 or so, it was reported, two gunmen barged inside her house and
shot her in cold blood. She was declared dead at 3:00 p.m. at St. Dominic Hospital in Bacoor.
National Union of Journalists of the
Philippines (NUJP) said Ruby became the 20th media person murdered during the
term of President P-Noy. She is the 160th since 1986, when the mother of P-Noy,
Corazon Aquino became President.
Ruby was hard-hitting on her subjects of her
stories but very kind and very helpful to friends.
At the time she was killed, she was the president
of CAMPO (Confederation of Active Media Practitioners Organization) in Cavite,
Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.
She was on her 20th year as reporter of Remate and
was reporting for a local radio station.
For all her goodness to me, I cannot forget
her. Certainly, I will make good my
promise to help her and her family regarding their land problem.