Anti-crime advocate Lauro Vizconde dies

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Anti-crime crusader Lauro Vizconde died late Saturday afternoon, February 13. He was 77.

Vizconde died at 5:15 pm on Saturday, Dante Jimenez of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) confirmed to Rappler.

Vizconde was earlier confined at the Unihealth Parañaque Medical Center in Sucat, because of a heart attack, before suffering a fifth heart attack on Saturday.

The Vizconde family said in a statement that Vizconde's heart attack was triggered by diabetic and pulmonary complications.

“Pagkatapos ng 25 taon na pakikipaglaban para sa hustisya para sa kanyang pamilya, kapiling na po ni Ka Lauro and kanyang asawa na si Estrellita at mga anak na sila Carmela at Jennifer (After nearly 25 years of fighting for justice for his family, Ka Lauro is now with his wife, Estrellita, and their children, Carmela and Jennifer),” Rodel Vizconde, a nephew, said in a statement. 

Vizconde founded the VACC after his wife and daughters were brutally murdered in their Parañaque home in 1991, a tragedy known as the "Vizconde massacre."–