Social media is ablaze now with the news of the demise of Robyn Jang Lucero. Founder of the Bi Chapter Piston Club and member of the Bisexual Confession Files (BCF) Tam-Bi-Yan, she drove a car-for-hire for a living.
Initial reports leaking to the social media state that Robyn may have been murdered around 10.00PM of June 28 along a bypass road in Brgy. Maunong in the City of Calamba in the Province of Laguna. Barangay personnel reported an accident to the Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned to Brgy. Bucal, but they were informed that this was already in the jurisdiction of Brgy. Maunong. Calamba’s PNP eventually called for a team to investigate.
Robyn had multiple stab wounds on her chest.
Tracing her social media posts, Robyn was heading back to Laguna and was looking for would-be passengers.
Robyn seemed aware of the dangers faced particularly by LGBTQIA people – e.g. a June post asked for her “LGBT friends” and “kin” who are wary to consider hiring her.
In a statement provided to Outrage Magazine, Gee Francisco – co-admin of Robyn at Bi Chapter Piston Club – stated: “Bilang kagrupo sa isang bi/les riders na siya mismo ang bumuo, at kahit ilang sandali lang kahit sa GC (Group Chat) lang namin sya nakakausap, naging mabuti syang founder sa amin at kaibigan. Sana makamit nya yung hustisyang nararapat sa kanya. Para sa mga nakakakilala kay Robyn, wala ka masasabi sa kanya talaga. Sobrang ma-miss namin siya. 😞 HUSTISYA PARA KAY JANG! 💪”
Francisco added that “lahat kaming ka-grupo mo at binuo mo na (Bi Chapter Piston Club) ay nakikiisa sa paghanap ng hustisya sa iyo, Jang. Hindi ka nag-iisa sa laban na ito.”
Only 10 months ago, in September 2019, another crime involving a member of the LGBTQIA community was reported in Pangasinan, when the lifeless body of Jessa Remiendo was found on the shore of Patar in Bolinao. Remembered as kind and hard-working, Remiendo’s case highlights how “hate crimes can just be committed against people like us,” Noreen Barber, overall president of the United Pangasinan Association LGBTQ+, said at that time.
At that time, Barber cautioned that the gruesome murder should signal other LGBTQIA people to be cautious because “hate crimes sa mga katulad natin ay walang pinipili. Hanggat di pa naipapasa ang SOGIE Equality Bill tayo ay mananatiling the most unprotected and neglected sector sa ating komunidad (hate crimes can just be committed against people like us. For as long as the SOGIE Equality Bill is not passed, we will continue to be the most unprotected and neglected sector in our community).”
No official report has been released yet on Robyn’s murder.
Outrage Magazine also reached out to the first responders at the scene of the crime, as well as to other people who knew – or may have known – Robyn, but no responses have been received as of press time.