Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim. (Photo courtesy of Bangsamoro Information Office - BARMM

COTABATO CITY – Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) mourned the passing of former Lamitan City Mayor Rosita Rose Furigay, who was killed inside Ateneo Campus in Quezon City along with two others.

“The former local chief executive will be remembered for leading Lamitan City to a more promising future – inspiring nearby towns and the whole Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim said in a statement on Monday.

“During her time, Lamitan City became a hub of unbelievable progress, a home of intercultural understanding, and a beacon of hope in the region,” Ebrahim added.

Ebrahim said the regional government will be working with authorities to ensure that justice is served.

“This act of violence has no place in our country and our region. Lamitan City, we grieved with you during these tragic times,” he said.

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM interior and local government minister, also condemned the attack against Furigay.
“Mayor Furigay was one of the top performing mayors of the Bangsamoro region and a consistent SGLG (Seal of Good Local Governance) Awardee. We condole with her family and offer our prayers for the swift recovery of her daughter who was also injured in this incident,” Sinarimbo said.

Police arrested the primary suspect, Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol of Lamitan City.  He admitted to the crime and said he did not regret what he did. (PNA)