Slain po­lice of­fi­cer’s Valen­tine’s Day prom­ise will go un­ful­filled for widow

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By CALVIN COR­DOVA

CEBU CITY – Fri­day would have been a ro­man­tic day for Po­lice Master Sergeant Max­imino Macua Jr. and his wife Eva Kris­tel as the cou­ple planned to go out for a Valen­tine’s Day date.

But the day passed with­out a ro­man­tic can­dlelit din­ner. There was no ex­change of “I love you” ei­ther.

In­stead, Eva Kris­tel was busy at­tend­ing to the wake of her hus­band, who was killed in a shootout with sus­pected mem­bers of an il­le­gal drug group in Barangay Mam­bal­ing Tues­day night.

“We were at odds in the past few days and he promised to make it up for me by treat­ing me to a Valen­tine’s Day date,” Eva Kris­tel said in an in­ter­view last Thurs­day

in her hus­band’s wake at St. Peter Fu­neral Homes.

The fam­ily has not been able to spend time of­ten, of late, since Max­imino was as­signed in Cebu City as a unit in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the PNP Drug En­force­ment Group-Cen­tral Visayas.

Eva Kris­tel and their three chil­dren, a six-year-old boy and twoyear-old twins, live in Loon town, Bo­hol.

“He would usually in­form me if he is in an op­er­a­tion. But last Tues­day he did not in­form me. Then some­one called me. I didn’t pick up the call since I usually don’t an­swer un­reg­is­tered num­bers. Then I re­ceived a text say­ing that the one call­ing is the su­pe­rior of my hus­band,” said Eva Kris­tel.

The mo­ment that she learned that the call came from Max­imino’s chief, Eva Kris­tel al­ready sensed some­thing was amiss.

“In my mind, I was al­ready say­ing ‘please, no,” said Eva Kris­tel.

Upon learn­ing of her hus­band’s death, Eva Kris­tel rushed to Cebu City.

Max­imino, 37, was a dot­ing fa­ther and an in­cor­rupt­ible po­lice of­fi­cer, said Eva Kris­tel.

“He was a man of in­tegrity. He lived with prin­ci­ples. There were at­tempts of weekly or monthly (pay­ola) but he never fell into temp­ta­tions,” said Eva Kris­tel.

Eva Kris­tel, who is seven years younger than Max­imino, said she knew her hus­band very well since they were col­lege sweet­hearts be­fore they got mar­ried in 2017.

“He was a very ded­i­cated po­lice of­fi­cer. In fact, he was not sup­posed to be a part of that op­er­a­tion since he was the unit in­ves­ti­ga­tor and he was in school­ing for a promotion but he vol­un­teered to join,” said Eva Kris­tel.

Eva Kris­tel said it pained her that the as­sailant beat her hus­band to the draw be­cause Max­imino’s firearm mal­func­tioned.

“His firearm jammed that’s why he got shot first,” said Eva Kris­tel, who works in a call cen­ter and side­lines as a con­tent writer.

Af­ter Max­imino was gunned down, the two sus­pects were killed while three oth­ers were ar­rested in follow-up op­er­a­tions.

But for Eva Kris­tel, no mat­ter how hard she cries for jus­tice, it will no longer bring back her hus­band’s life.

“I am leav­ing it all to God. There had been ar­rests but my hus­band is al­ready gone. What I should do now is to stay strong for my chil­dren,” she said.

Eva Kris­tel has foundf it dif­fi­cult to ex­plain the sit­u­a­tion to

their el­dest son.

“I told him, his daddy is just asleep but he keeps on ask­ing when will he wake up. I pity my chil­dren. They don’t know what’s hap­pen­ing and I don’t know how to ex­plain it to them,” said Eva Kris­tel.

Aside from seek­ing coun­selling to ease the pain, Eva Kris­tel also plans to trans­fer to a new house once they re­turn to Bo­hol.

“I want to build a new house be­cause all our mem­o­ries as a fam­ily are in the old house. The pain is so unimag­in­able but I have to be strong for the kids. I am proud that they had a fa­ther who they can be proud of,” said Eva Kris­tel.

Max­imino’s re­mains were brought to the Po­lice Regional Of­fice-Cen­tral Head­quar­ters Fri­day where his col­leagues, led by PRO 7 chief Po­lice Brig. Gen. Al­bert Ig­natius Ferro, paid their last re­spects.

Max­imino’s body will be brought to Bo­hol Satur­day, and will be buried on February 20.

The Cebu City gov­ern­ment and the Of­fice of the Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant for the Visayas (OPAV) gave Max­imino’s fam­ily 150,000 and 120,000, re­spec­tively.

OPAV Sec­re­tary Michael Lloyd Dino said Pres­i­dent Duterte has in­structed the De­part­ment of Education and the Na­tional Hous­ing Au­thor­ity to pro­vide the needed as­sis­tance to Max­imino’s fam­ily.

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