Mother wants death penalty for suspect

WITH the arrest of the suspect in her daughter’s death, Remy Lugan felt that justice has been served for May Albasin. 

“Di nako siya mapasaylo. Bitayon na siya o lifetime sentence (I could not forgive him. He should get the death penalty),” she said, in tears. 

Leo Zafra, a 74-year-old businessman, was caught in Zamboanga del Norte two days after the death of the 23-year-old lotto outlet caretaker.

Lugan said that Zafra should pay for what he did to Albasin.

“My daughter had long been hiding from him because he had been abusing her,” she said in Cebuano. 

In an earlier interview, Zafra said that he was willing to pay for his crime in jail. 

He admitted killing Albasin, saying that he first shot her on the leg and when she taunted him, he decided to finish her off.
The Zamboanga del Norte police arrested Zafra after they saw a gun tucked into his waist. Zafra said he took 10 capsules of sedative and tried to shoot himself. “Dapat siya makonsensiya sa iyang gibuhat sa akong anak (He should regret what he did to my daughter),” Lugan said. 

Lugan said that if only Zafra was arrested when her daughter had him blottered in the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD), Albasin would still be alive now. 

“But they settled the matter among themselves,” she said.

Albasin will be buried today at the Carreta cemetery. 

Zafra is detained at the Talisay City Police Station, pending the filing of charges against him. (JOB)
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