LAST RESPECTS. Family, friends, and supporters pay their last respects to the late Mayor Rose Furigay of Lamitan City, Basilan. Furigay was laid to rest Wednesday (August 3, 2022) amid the hundreds of grieving Lamiteños from all walks of life. (Photo lifted with permission from the Facebook account of Ronda del Basilan)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Former Mayor Rose Furigay of Lamitan City, Basilan, was laid to rest Wednesday amid hundreds of grieving Lamiteños.

Furigay’s internment came a day after her long-time aide, Victor Capistrano, was laid to rest, in Lamitan City, Basilan.

Furigay and Capistrano as well as Jeneven Bandiala, a security guard, were killed during the Ateneo de Manila University shooting in Quezon City on July 24.

Police arrested the suspect, Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol, following a brief chase minutes after the incident.

The Lamitan gymnasium was filled with grieving family members, friends, and supporters during the public viewing from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.,  followed by necrological services.

A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. at the Saint Peter the Apostle Parish Church, and Furigay was then laid to rest at the family-owned property in Barangay Limook.

Furigay’s husband, Mayor Roderick, urged government authorities to leave no stone unturned in the investigation, more so that the father of Yumol was also killed in Lamitan City.

Rolando Yumol, 69, a retired policeman and father of the suspect, was shot and killed on July 29 outside his house on Rizal Street, Barangay Maganda.

“I call on the government to bring justice not just for Mayor Rose, not just for Victor, not just for the Ateneo guard, but to the late Rolando Yumol as well as to Lamitan as a whole,” the mayor said in a statement posted on the Facebook account of the city.

The local official said violence has no place in the city, even as he called on Lamiteños “to not let emotions get the better of us. Let our humanity prevail.” (PNA)