MASS FOR NIDA BLANCA'S DEATH ANNIVERSARY
MANILA, NOVEMBER 7, 2003 (STAR) At least 200 relatives and close friends of actress Nida Blanca will observe her second death anniversary today at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.
Senior Superintendent Felipe Rojas Jr., Marikina City police chief, said only eight uniformed police officers will secure the area since the relatives and close friends chose to hold a simple ceremony.
"My men will be armed with the usual long and short firearms, but we expect no trouble since they want a solemn ceremony to mark the actress’ death," said Rojas in an interview.
Blanca, Dorothy Jones in real life, was found dead inside her Nissan Sentra in Greenhills, San Juan. Her husband, Roger Lawrence Strunk, suspected to have masterminded the slay, is now under the custody of US authorities awaiting a decision on the extradition case filed by the Philippine government. Strunk denied having a hand in Blanca’s death, claiming he was framed.
Blanca’s only daughter, Kaye Torres, arrived from the US yesterday. A Mass will be held at the Loyola Memorial Park in Barangay Barangka at 9 a.m.
Torres said she still feels the pain of the loss because after two years, justice continues to evade her family.
Apart from Strunk, another suspect, Philip Medel, is facing murder charges before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court.
Initially, Medel admitted that he was paid by Strunk to kill Blanca. However, he retracted his statement and claimed he was tortured to own up Blanca’s killing. – Non Alquitran
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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