VPSD urges PNP to strengthen campaign vs gun violence, illegal firearms

VPSD urges PNP to strengthen campaign vs gun violence, illegal firearms

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Vice President Sara Z. Duterte, through her official spokesperson Atty. Reynold Munsayac called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strengthen the campaign against gun violence and illegal firearms in the country.

Duterte believes that diminishing illegal firearms is a way to address gun-related crimes and violence such as the shooting incident that happened in Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in Quezon City that caused the death of former Lamitan City Mayor Rose Furigay from Basilan province and two (2) others.

“The Philippine National Police is also strongly urged to address gun violence in the country — and consistent operations against illegal firearms could be one of the effective measures to do this,” Munsayac said.

He added that Vice President Duterte, who is also the secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), said the incident should not be tolerated particularly inside the learning institutions.

“Vice President Sara Z. Duterte strongly condemns the shooting incident inside Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) campus Sunday afternoon. Such an act of violence should have no place in our society, especially in a place of learning — which is supposed to be considered a safe space for everyone, for the students mainly,” Munsayac further stated.

The Vice President sends her prayers and deepest condolences to the victims’ families.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government also strongly denounced the shooting incident and requested the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to continue investigating it and ensure that swift justice be attained by the victims and their families.

“We also extend our sincerest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims who lost their lives in the incident.,” Belmonte said in her official press statement.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also condemned the incident that also resulted in two other victims being wounded.

Based on the information, the following are the victims: former mayor and currently Vice Mayor Rose Furigay who was declared dead on arrival at World City Hospital; VM Furigay’s executive assistant Victor Booc Capistrano (deceased); ADMU security guard Jeneven Badiala, also dead on arrival at East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC); Hanna Furigay, graduating student of ADMU and daughter of VM Furigay (wounded); Julia Manabat-Paco from Poblacion, Dumalag, Capiz (wounded).

Operatives of QCPD Anonas Station immediately apprehended the suspect Chao Tiao Yumul also from Lamitan City, Basilan.

After the incident, the Quezon City government, together with departments, task forces, and agencies under its Law and Order Cluster, and the QCPD will work together to further strengthen security and other measures to ensure no untoward incident will occur during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday and strictly enforce the gun ban that has been in place since Friday (July 22). (ai/mtvn)

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