Three dead in shooting at graduation exam at top Philippine university

Three dead in shooting at graduation exam at top Philippine university

  • Former Southern Philippines Mayor Killed – City Police Chief
  • President Marcos promises to bring justice

MANILA, July 24 (Reuters) – Three people died in a shooting at a university graduation ceremony in the Philippines’ capital region on Sunday, including a former mayor from the country’s volatile south, police said.

Quezon City local police chief Remus Medina said the shooting appeared to have been an assassination attempt against the former mayor of the southern Lamitan town, Rose Furigay.

The suspect, wounded in a shootout with a campus security officer and arrested after a car chase, was now in custody and being questioned, Medina told reporters.

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“He looks like he was a determined assassin,” Medina said, adding that he was found with two guns.

Quezon is part of the Manila Metropolitan Region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities home to more than 13 million people.

Furigay was shot when she was about to attend the graduation of her daughter at the Ateneo de Manila University law school, one of the country’s most prestigious, Medina said.

The suspect, who had no relatives at the time of confirmation, was also a native of the town of Lamitan in Basilan province, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf, a pro-Islamic State extremist group known for its banditry and kidnapping.

The other two killed were a campus security officer and an unidentified man, police said.

Ateneo canceled its graduation ceremony after the shooting.

In the Southeast Asian nation, shootings are sporadic, with owners required to have a permit to carry weapons in public. Private security officers in the Philippines carry either handguns or shotguns, and firearms are a common sight in malls, offices, banks, restaurants and even schools.

“We commit our law enforcement agencies to thoroughly and quickly investigate these killings and bring all those involved to justice,” Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said in a statement.

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Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Christopher Cushing, Alexandra Hudson

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