Philippines: University shooting kills three

Philippines: shooting in a university kills three

Shootings in schools and Universities are rare in the Philippines, but targeted assassinations of politicians are quite common.

Three people were killed in a shooting at a university in the Philippine capital Manila on Sunday in what authorities say appears to be a targeted killing.

The incident occurred at Ateneo de Manila University as law students and their families arrived for a graduation ceremony to be attended by the Chief Justice.

Rose Furigay, former mayor of a town in the restive southern province of Basilan, whose daughter was among the graduates, has been killed, said Joy Belmonte, mayor of the x27;town where the shooting took place.

Ms Furigay's assistant and a university security officer also died. The alleged gunman has been taken into custody.

Ms Furigay's daughter was injured and is in stable condition in hospital, police say.

We are very distraught and bereaved by this event, said Ms. Belmonte.

The suspected shooter fled the scene, forced a driver out of his vehicle before abandoning it and continuing his escape in a minibus, police said.

He was eventually arrested near a church. Police recovered two handguns and a silencer allegedly used by the suspect, whom they identified as Chao-Tiao Yumol.

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said the crime will not go unpunished.

The man, according to police, has a long history of litigation with Ms Furigay. He was out on bail for a cybercrime case.

He appears to be a determined killer, Brigadier Remus Medina told reporters, believing that this is an isolated incident.

Chao-Tiao Yumol, who had abrasions on his face, was presented to reporters by the police. He accused Ms Furigay of being a drug kingpin, saying his family had ordered three attacks on him.

School and college shootings are rare in Philippines, despite lax gun rules. But targeted assassinations of politicians are quite common, especially during elections.

Ms. Furigay, whose family dominates political life in Lamitan City (south), served three terms as mayor. The constitution barred her from standing for re-election on May 9, and her husband, who had held the position before her, succeeded her.

He s' is a common phenomenon in the Philippines, where powerful clans pass on positions from one family member to another to maintain their influence.

The university has canceled the graduation ceremony.

Police say the suspected killer has a long history of litigation with the mother of one of the victims.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said he was shocked by the incident and said the law enforcement would investigate these murders thoroughly and quickly and bring everyone involved to justice. e.

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