Catholic educators group slams Ateneo shooting

Catholic educators group slams Ateneo shooting

MANILA – The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) on Monday condemned the shooting incident inside the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City that killed three people and injured two others.

In a statement, CEAP president, Sister Ma. Marissa Viri, said the incident brought shock and trauma as the shooting happened before the graduation rites of the university’s law school.

“The nation was shocked by the terrible act of violence committed during the commencement exercises of the Ateneo de Manila School of Law at Areté, Loyola Heights Campus. Hours before the celebration, an act of violence was executed thereafter, disrupting the supposedly joyful celebration filled with happiness and gratitude turned into terror, trauma, and death,” she said.

At the same time, Viri sought prayers for the fatalities and their families.

“The association expresses its profound sympathy and solace to the victims, the bereaved, and those who were physically and emotionally injured by this unfortunate and unnecessary event. We call on our brothers and sisters in the CEAP community to offer our prayers to the victims and their families,” she added.

Killed in Sunday’s shooting were former Lamitan City, Basilan mayor Rosita Furigay, her executive assistant Victor George Capistrano, and a certain Jeneven Bandiola.

The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) also expressed sadness over the incident and called for a thorough probe into the case to ensure that the perpetrator is “brought to justice.”

“On behalf of the 81 member provinces of the League and their respective governors, we collectively express our unequivocal condemnation on this useless and senseless attempt on the life of Mayor Furigay that has cost her life and that of two others,” LPP president and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines chairperson Presbitero Velasco Jr. said in a statement.

Velasco honored Furigay’s contributions as a local chief executive who “selflessly served her constituencies in Lamitan, Basilan in order to deliver to them the development they have always aspired for, through accountable, transparent, and participative governance.”

“Likewise, we also extend our prayers for healing to Hannah Furigay (Mayor Rose’s daughter), and all the others who may have suffered both physical and psychological injuries from the incident. It is our sincere prayer that this would not forever mar the memories they have of what should have been a day of celebration for the graduates and their families,” he added.

The suspect, identified as Chao Tiao Yumol, a physician, is under police custody. (with Lloyd Caliwan/PNA)

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