John Albert Laylo, a Filipino lawyer of Leni Robredo in the Makati City Board of Canvassers, fell victim to a “random shooting” in an Uber ride to the airport in Philadelphia on Saturday (June 18) at 4 a.m. He died at 10:33 a.m. on Sunday after fighting hard for his survival.
Laylo has been in Philadelphia since June 9 to visit a cousin and was set to return home on the day of the shooting. His mother was also injured during the incident.
John Albert and his mother Leah were supposedly going to Chicago, Illinois to visit his grandfather's grave when the shooting happened. He was brought to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
Leah Laylo described him as a “good, smart, generous, loving, caring son.”
“My son has a lot of dreams a lot of plans, hopes and everything! He’s gone now,” she said. “I can’t explain the pain the heaviness I have in my heart. It took me hours to post this because still I can’t believe this happened!” she said.
“I do not want to get in to the technicals, but know that my brother fought very hard to be with us. He was listening and is driven by all your prayers! His time on earth may have ended, but his legacy will live on forever,” said Althea Laylo, John’s sister.
John Albert was also former staffer of senator and political prisoner Leila de Lima, who called for justice for what she described as a “brutal and senseless act.”
“Walang puwang dapat ang ganitong karahasan sa mundo. Dapat mapanagot agad ang maysala at matigil na ang ganitong mga karumal-dumal na krimen,” she said.
(There is no place for this type of violence in this world. The perpetrator must be held accountable and these types of disgusting crimes must be put to an end.)
For the bereaved family of Atty. John “Jal” Laylo:
My deepest condolences on Jal's untimely passing. He was so young and still full of dreams. He was part of my legislative team for two years before he left to pursue his Masters.
— Leila de Lima (@SenLeiladeLima) June 20, 2022
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.