THE Philippine Consulate General in New York urged American law enforcers to bring justice to a Filipino who was critically injured in a random shooting in Philadelphia.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said that John Albert "Jal" Laylo was on life support following reports that the Filipino lawyer died. Incoming Migrant Workers Secretary Susan "Toots" Ople informed Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. about the incident.
Locsin turned to Twitter to instruct Consul General Elmer Cato to help Laylo and his mother who was injured in the shooting.
"He's still alive. Give him all the help you can, DFA will pay," Locsin said on Twitter.
" We call on authorities to bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice," he added.
Cato said Laylo and his mother were on their way to the airport "to catch [their] flight to Chicago when [the] Uber vehicle they were riding in was fired upon at around 4 a.m."
The victim sustained a bullet in the head while his mother suffered slight injuries due to glass fragments. The suspect remains at large.
Cato informed Locsin that they were "in touch with police authorities in Philadelphia who informed us that the case is being investigated and that no arrests have been made so far." "We call on kababayan to pray hard with us so that Atty. John Laylo who we just have been informed remains on life support after yesterday's random shooting incident in Philadelphia, would pull through," Cato said on Twitter.
Laylo, 26, passed the Bar in 2015. He also worked at the Senate.
Fox29 Philadelphia reported that police said at least seven people were shot, two fatally, on Saturday.