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Three people were killed and another wounded in a shooting at a university in the Philippine capital, Manila. The gunman shot at a graduation party.
Among the dead was Rose Foregay, the former mayor of Lamitan and her assistant. Lamitan is located on the southern island of Basilan. Police said the target was believed to be the mayor.
Pictures spread on Twitter showing the mayor’s body. The authorities said the third victim was a security guard from the university.
The daughter of the former mayor was injured, according to police. She is studying at university and was due to get her diploma today. She is being treated in the hospital.
A local reporter told NOS that the daughter was hit in the head and stomach. Her condition is said to be stable.
Local police say the gunman, who was carrying two pistols, was arrested after a chase. Furigay may have been specifically targeted. Police said the man was wounded after campus security officers shot him.
Police are questioning the gunman, who is believed to be a resident of Lamitan. The motive for the attack, according to a local reporter, was probably the large number of defamation cases that the Foregay family had brought against the suspect.
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The President of the Philippines, Bong Bong Marcos, said he was shocked and saddened by the attack. “We grieve for the bereaved and the injured, whose scars from this experience will be profound,” he wrote in a statement. He says the police are investigating to make sure those responsible are punished.
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