Slain traffic enforcer’s family cries for justice

THE mother of slain traffic officer Cris Cabingas, who was laid to rest Sunday, January 8, said she is optimistic her son’s death will be given justice.

“I hope my son’s killer will be arrested and be made to answer for what he did to my son,” Cabingas’ mother Yolanda, 69, said.

Cabingas was the team leader of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA), the City Government’s traffic management body, at the Cogon public market area, where he was also shot in the back last December 30.

The police identified the suspect as Alex Masacal, who, along with a still unidentified accomplice, will possibly be facing murder charges.

A complaint was already filed by Masacal and a John Doe at the City Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday.

In response to Cabingas’ shooting, the RTA personnel staged a protest march before conducting a clearing operation around the Cogon public market area last week.

Yolanda remembered Cris as a provider who, despite having a family of his own, continued to support his mother and siblings in their daily needs including water and electric bills.

Yolanda said Cris, his two kids aged 12 and 15, and his common-law spouse, are living with her mother and siblings in a house in Barangay Macabalan.

Cabingas’ sister Quenie, 34, said her brother was always looking out for them and was never stingy with his siblings and their children.

Before he was interred at the Bolonsiri public cemetery in Barangay Camaman-an on Sunday afternoon, Cris’s body was brought to the City Hall grounds last Saturday for public viewing and wake.

In a previous interview, RTA chief Jose Edgardo Uy said in spite of Cabingas’ death they remain resolute in implementing the city’s traffic rules.

“A lot has been said about how the [RTA] has done, or has failed to do, its best to keep the lives of road users comfortable, but some others whose main reason for existence appear to be to derail good intentions and programs, have not ceased to besmirch the reputation of that lowly employee of the RTA, even after the unfortunate incident that unnecessarily clipped the young life of Cris Cabingas. Law enforcement should at all times be pursued,” Uy said in a written statement.
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