The last time Eduardo Serino Sr. was seen alive was with these
policemen accosting him
The Philippine Inquirer
The case of farmer Eduardo Serino Sr., last seen alive being
held by policemen on Sept. 30 and brought dead two hours later to a
hospital, deserves the full attention of the government and the
public at large. It is a classic reflection of the plight of poor
folk, those without influence and therefore without power, prey to
a cops sly grin.
In an ideal world, theres a basic premise in being taken in by
policemen: You are safely in their custody while due process runs
But that is not what happened in Serinos case. According to a
report by the Inquirers Julie Alipala, from the account of Rosherl
Lumpapac, the employer of Serinos wife, the farmer from Sibuco,
Zamboanga del Norte, had traveled to Zamboanga City to bring money
to pay for his young sons hospital bill.
He was probably on his way to the bus terminal and back to
Sibuco when he lost his way and wound up walking on RT Lim
Boulevard. It was there that cops stopped him and demanded that he
open his backpack. He refused.
What happened next is obvious from a photograph that went viral
online: Serino is sitting on the sidewalk with his hands behind his
back, likely cuffed. His forehead is bloodied; he is wincing. He is
being held down by a policeman with a stick. Three other cops are
standing around him.
In a post (since deleted) on the Facebook page of the Zamboanga
City police office, Senior Insp. Edwin Duco said Serino had
resisted the cops and managed to get free of the handcuffs.
The photo, the last image of the farmer alive, was posted by
Lumpapac, who described the Serinos as kindhearted, hardworking and
very respectful people. She added: I felt bad about the way cops
treated manong (Serino). This man has never been violent.
From the police station on Old Mercado Street, Serinos bruised
corpse was brought by cops to the Zamboanga City Medical Center.
Duco claimed that the bruises were caused, not by policemen beating
Serino, but by Serino hurting himself in the police station. This
is why Serino died, Duco claimed.
But he refused to show reporters the police blotter report,
citing guidelines from Camp Crame. He also would not release the
medical report, citing the alleged refusal of hospital
The Commission on Human Rights is now looking into the case.
At the other end of the country last Oct. 10, a scene of power
and influence played out with th...