FLAG-Maharlika condemns fatal shooting incident at Ateneo de Manila, expresses sympathies to families of victims

FLAG-Maharlika condemns fatal shooting incident at Ateneo de Manila, expresses sympathies to families of victims

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MANILA — In a strongly-worded press statement, the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance-Maharlika denounced the fatal shooting incident on Sunday (24 July 2022) inside the Ateneo de Manila campus in the highest possible terms.

At the same time, the group also expressed sympathies to the families of the victims in the gruesome incident allegedly perpetrated by a known humanitarian doctor in his community and whistle-blower in the drug trade in his hometown who once sought legal help from FLAG-Maharlika.

The full text of FLAG-MAHARLIKA’s Press Statement reads:

We, the members of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance-Maharlika (FLAG-Maharlika) would like to express our sympathy to the families of those who died and were injured in today’s shooting incident at the Ateneo de Manila University.

It is sad and sudden that we learned the suspected shooter, Dr. Chao-Tiao Yumul, a known humanitarian doctor in his community and whistle-blower in the drug trade in his hometown, approached our organization to help expose the alleged drug trade and corruption in Lamitan City.

Our organization assisted in providing free legal advice in his filing of charges against certain government officials for alleged corrupt practices.

We strongly denounce the use of extra-judicial actions and violence. As FLAG-Maharlika advocates against malpractices in government, we also advocate peace and abhor the use of violence in the pursuit of a better Philippines. This is why we advocate strongly for judicial reforms so justice may be served swiftly.

We pray for the families of all those concerned and that justice may be swift so lives can move forward in peace.

Aio Bautista
Lead Convenor
FLAG-Maharlika

(ai/mtvn)

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