THE street near Calamba Cemetery turned black as an estimated 2,500 mourners attended the funeral of Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz yesterday.
Diaz’s family and friends wore black shirts imprinted with his face and the words “Jeffrey ‘Jaguar’ Diaz. We will miss you” in front and “We love you” at the back.
Diaz, who had a reputation for being a Robin Hood of sorts in Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City, was killed with his bodyguard in a shootout with the police last June 17.
The mourners were tight-lipped and most refused to grant an interview. But Virgilio Zamora, 49, said he voluntarily went to the burial, contrary to rumors that each person who went received P800.
“Natabangan gud ko niya pagkasakit sa akong amahan ug anak, resita ray pangayuon tagaan dayon kog cash (He helped me when my father and son got sick; he only asked for the prescription and immediately gave me cash),” Zamora told reporters.
However, another resident from Duljo-Fatima told Sun.Star Superbalita that they were given money to join the funeral procession.
“Gipang lista mi didto, gihatagan ko ug P800, ambot lang katong uban kay kami naa man. Ayaw’g saba ako nag-ingon ha (They listed us and gave me P800. I don’t know about the others but we received cash. Please don’t tell them I said so),” she said.