Father of Ateneo shooting suspect shot dead in Basilan

MANILA, Philippines – Rolando Yumol, the father of Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol, the suspect in the recent Ateneo de Manila University shooting incident was shot dead on Friday morning, July 29.

Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol was arrested for being the primary suspect in the ADMU shooting
Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol was arrested for being the primary suspect in the ADMU shooting that led to 3 slain victims | Photo courtesy: ABS-CBN

Yumol, a retired policeman was shot dead by a ‘riding in tandem’ outside his residence in Lamitan City, Basilan at around 6:55 a.m. According to Police Lieutenant Colonel Tadzhabel Managola, chief of Lamitan City Police, the two men aboard a motorcycle shot Yumol using a .45 calibre pistol. The victim sustained four gunshot wounds on his back and was declared dead on arrival at a hospital.

Managola said an investigation is still underway as they collect more information. “Sa ngayon under investigation pa ang kaso. Ongoing pa, naghahanap kami ng impormasyon at kung sino makapagbibigay ng impormasyon sa amin,” he said.

Meanwhile, PNP Public Information Office chief Police Brigadier General Roderick Augustus Alba said it’s “speculative” to link the shooting of Yumol to his son’s pending shooting case.

He said, “So far, it is speculative to assume its direct relation to the shooting incident that happened last Sunday at the Ateneo de Manila University.”

Last July 24, Yumol’s son, Dr. Chao Tiao, was the primary suspect in a shooting incident in the supposed graduation ceremony at the ADMU campus. It led to the killing of former Lamitan mayor Rose Furigay, her executive aide Victor Capistrano, and Ateneo security guard Jeneven Bandiala. Furigay's daughter, Hannah, was also hurt in the incident but survived.

The suspect was arrested on the same day of the incident. The doctor has been charged with murder and frustrated murder by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).

According to QCPD director Brig. Gen. Remus Medina, Dr. Chao Tiao has a personal grudge against the slain former mayor. Furigay has filed 76 cyber libel cases against the suspect which disallowed him to practice his medical profession. The doctor insisted that the Furigays are drug lords and appealed to the current administration to continue the ‘war on drugs.’

— Sally, The Summit Express

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