The father of the suspect in the Ateneo de Manila University shooting incident has been shot dead by unknown assailants on Friday morning in Lamitan City, Basilan, according to police reports.
Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol’s father, Rolando, a retired member of the Philippine Constabulary, was gunned down by two gunmen outside a family-owned store, five days after the shooting incident in the graduation rites of Ateneo Law School where former Lamitan mayor Rosita Furigay, including her aide Victor Capistrano and a security guard from Ateneo Jeneven Bandiala were killed.
In a text message to the Inquirer, Police Lieutenant Eirene Mazon, the officer-in-charge of the regional police information office at the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said that they confirmed the killing at around 6:30 to 7:00 a.m.
According to reports, he sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead on arrival when he was brought to Lamitan District Hospital.
However, Philippine National Police public information officer Police Brig. Gen. Roderick Alba said that there’s still no evidence to support the claim that this is in any way related to the Ateneo shooting incident.
“Our police personnel in Lamitan City is already conducting an investigation regarding the case. So far, it is speculative to assume its direct relation to the shooting incident that happened last Sunday at the Ateneo de Manila University,” he said.
On Monday evening, Yumol had undergone inquest proceedings before the Quezon City prosecutor’s office, where he was charged with three counts of murder and frustrated murder.
In his now-taken down Facebook posts, Yumol kept alleging that Furigay is involved in the illegal drug trade, a claim that Mayor Roderick Furigay said was baseless.
Yumol was facing over 70 cases of cyberlibel filed by the family of Furigay, as well as other Lamitan City government officials for his malicious claims in his Facebook page.
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