MARAWI CITY: University officials of the Mindanao State University (MSU) System, led by its President Dr. Habib Macaayong, strongly condemned the shooting of a student in the university campus and pledged to bring justice to the family for the immediate arrest of the suspect.
Macaayong said in a statement, “The dastardly shooting of an innocent freshmen student is an unfortunate, but isolated case. We condemned the brutal act in the harshest terms.”
“All means will be exhausted to find the perpetrator and make him suffer full force of the law,” he added, noting that “with the full support of our government authorities, everything is under control.”
Lanao del Sur Provincial Police Director Col. Madzghan Murakaram, said 20-year-old Ivan Polinar Almeda, a resident of Bayugan in Agusan del Sur, survived a gunshot wound and was being treated at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City.
Murakaram added that Almeda was walking with three female friends inside the MSU campus at about 7 p.m. when an unidentified gunman emerged and, without provocation, shot the College of Sports freshman with a caliber .45 pistol. A single bullet casing was found in the crime scene.
Meanwhile, the MSU president, during his hospital visit, assured Almeda’s family that all security measures were in place and an intensive investigation was now being conducted by the University Task Force with the full support of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Macaayong said Almeda’s parents arrived in Marawi on Friday morning after he personally informed them of the incident.
He added that the attending physician reported that Almeda is now recuperating.
“As university president and father, I ask everyone, Muslims and Christians alike, to pray for the recovery of Almeda,” Macaayong said.
The president extended assistance for the victim’s hospital expenses and gave instructions to the university staff to closely coordinate with proper authorities for the speedy investigation of the case.
He also instructed the University Legal Division Office to give aid to the victim and his family in terms of legal matters.