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Students condemn killings of 2 MSU studes inside university campus

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In a statement posted on their social media page, MSU-Marawi Debate Varsity, the students said the MSU as “a peace university must also be a safe university.” (Rostrum image)

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines

Students of Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City condemned the killing of two students inside the university campus at about dusk on Sunday, September 12.

In a statement posted on their social media page, MSU-Marawi Debate Varsity, the students said the MSU as “a peace university must also be a safe university.”

The incident, they said, has shown that the campus is no longer a safe place for students.

They cited several cases of killings of students and university personnel in the past which had remained unsolved.

“The recurrence of the same violence and murder has created an unsafe environment,” the group lamented.

Riding-in-tandem gunmen fatally shot students Omar Zinal and Hamzah Rauf while the victims were walking on a pathway near the graduate school building of the state-run university.

The victims died on-the-spot, the police said.

Brig. Gen. Eden Ugale, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR), has ordered Tuesday the Marawi City police to immediately identify the killers.

Police investigators are still clueless on the identities of the suspects as of this posting.

The students have called on the MSU officials to “take immediate actions to give justice to the victims.”

They urged the university officials must own the “responsibility in ensuring the rights of its constituents to safety and security.”

“We believe that these things are integral to the obligations of MSU and in making it a safe and peaceful educational institution,” the students said. (John Mahusay)

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