• Former mayor of southern Philippines killed – city’s police chief
  • President Marcos pledges to deliver justice

MANILA, July 24 (Reuters) – Three people died in a shooting at a college graduation ceremony in the Philippines’ capital region on Sunday, including a former mayor from the country’s unstable south, the state said. police.

Quezon City local police chief Remus Medina said the shooting appeared to be an assassination of former Lamitan town mayor in the south, Rose Furigay.

The suspect, injured in a shootout with a campus security guard and arrested after a car chase, was currently in custody and being questioned, Medina told reporters.

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“Looks like he was a determined killer,” Medina said, adding that he was found with two guns.

Quezon is part of the Manila Capital Region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities with a population of over 13 million.

Furigay was shot as she prepared to attend her daughter’s graduation from the law school of Ateneo de Manila University, one of the most prestigious in the country, Medina said.

The suspect, who had no relatives at graduation, was also from the town of Lamitan, in Basilan province, the stronghold of Abu Sayyaf, a pro-Islamist state extremist group known for banditry and his abductions.

The other two killed were a campus security guard and an unidentified man, police said.

Ateneo canceled the graduation ceremony after the shooting.

In the Southeast Asian country, shootings are sporadic, with owners having to have a license to carry guns in public. In the Philippines, private security guards carry handguns or shotguns, and firearms are commonplace in malls, offices, banks, restaurants and even schools.

“We urge our law enforcement to promptly and thoroughly investigate these killings and bring all those involved to justice,” Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said in a statement.

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Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Christopher Cushing, Alexandra Hudson

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