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Sympathy for former Lamitan mayor’s death pours

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Cotabato City, Philippines

Sympathy for Lamitan City former mayor who was killed along with two others in the hands of the assassin poured in as Basilan leaders condemned the killing on Sunday, July 24 in Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).

Rose Furigay, whose third and last term as mayor ended on June 30, and companion Victor Capistrano, were fatality shot by Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol, in the premises of ADMU.

Yumol also shot dead a security guard named Jeneven Bandiola as he escaped.

Furigay’s daughter, Hanna, was badly hurt in the shooting.

The gunman was arrested by pursuing police teams, now detained in a police detention facility.

Basilan Gov. Jim Salliman said on Monday the incident was “barbaric,” something that needs immediate judicial closure.

“I condemn the murder of former Mayor Furigay and her staff, Victor and security guard Bandiola,” Salliman, chairman of the Basilan provincial peace and order council, said

He said Furigay was a good leader, under whose tenure that lasted for nine years, the Lamitan city government received several Seal of Good Local Governance citations from the central office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Lamitan City is one of two cities in Basilan.

Besides Lamitan City, the province also covers Isabela City and 11 other towns.

Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman said he was saddened by the deaths of Furigay and two others in the gun attack pulled off by someone who is also from their province.

Yumol is also a resident of Lamitan City.

Gerry Salapuddin, administrator of the Southern Philippines Development Authority, said he wants speedy justice for Furigay, Capistrano and Bandiola.

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Salapuddin is from Basilan’s Tuburan town, which is near Lamitan City.

“I partake of the grief of the families of the victims. I am urging them to be sober in this trying time and allow the wheel of justice to roll over the perpetrator of this shocking crime,” Salapuddin said. (John Unson)

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