CEMETERY workers labored overtime for the construction of Jeffery “Jaguar” Diaz’s mausoleum in the Calamba cemetery for his funeral, reportedly scheduled today.
According to Anita (real name withheld), a tenant, Diaz’s niece had overseen the mausoleum’s construction.
“Dako gud silag gasto ana (They spent a lot of money for that),” she said in an interview with Sun.star Cebu.
She said the lot for the mausoleum is worth P200,000, not including the expensive materials like marble, limestone and tiles.
As of Sunday, only the tomb where Diaz’s coffin will be stored was still fully built.
He was killed in what police called a shootout in Las Piñas last June 17 for his alleged participation in a multimillion-peso criminal drug syndicate.
A candle vendor who asked not to be named said they anticipated a lot of mourners from Barangay Duljo-Fatima to attend Diaz’s funeral.
“Magdasok gyod na sila diris sementeryo kay daghan kaayo nag taga-Duljo manambong (There will be a huge crowd from Duljo),” she said.
The region’s biggest drug lord was the talk inside 06A jeepneys that ply the route to Calamba cemetery.
Thelma, a passenger, said that even if she was a bit sad that the notorious drug lord was dead she still felt comforted because she wanted to ensure the safety of her daughter.
“Maayo na lang ma-menos-menosan sila (At least, their number is decreasing),” she said, referring to drug dealers.
Mambaling Police Station personnel, tasked to monitor the area as it is under their jurisdiction, said they have received no information about the burial yet.
“Wala gyod mi information kay dili sila cooperative. Bisan ang simbahan, ang San Nicholas Parish, wala puy schedule sa lubong (We don’t have any information because they were not cooperative. The San Nicholas Parish doesn’t have a schedule, too),” police said.
One of Diaz’s relatives, who was an inmate of the Cebu City Jail, visited his wake yesterday after he was allowed by the court.
Jay Lloyd, was handcuffed and escorted by eight guards from the Bureau of Jail and Penology 7 to his home in Duljo-Fatima.