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Koko, Chiz, Kiko condemn killing of PASUC and university president

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Senators condemn the killing of the president of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and the state-run University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) and urge enforcement agencies to exhaust all efforts to quickly arrest the killers and unmask their mastermind.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III described as as dastardly act the killing of Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, 48, who was shot dead outside his residence at Golden Glow North Village in Brgy. Carmen, Cagayan de Oro early Saturday morning.

“I am alarmed and outraged by this latest attack on our law-abiding and dedicated public servants. I urge the police to work double time to arrest the killers and unmask the mastermind,” Pimentel, who is also from Cagayan de Oro City, said.

“We are a peace-loving society and killings of this nature must be stopped. The police must do its job to protect and secure the people against rouge elements of society,” he added.

Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan likewise joined in condemning they said as horrendous act of violence against a member of the academic community.

“This is clearly unacceptable and enraging,” Escudero, chair of the Senate committee on education, arts and culture.

Escudero also asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to do their best to immediately arrest the culprits and exhaust all means to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Pangilinan said he has worked with Rotoras in the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act as president of PASUC.

“His untimely death is a great loss to the country’s push for quality education for every Filipino. We call on authorities to leave no stone unturned to ensure that those behind the killing be brought to justice and punished for their deplorable act,” Pangilinan said.

In mourning the death of Rotoras, Escudero said his efforts in helping improve the country’s higher education system will not be forgotten.

His untimely passing is a great loss not only to his family, friends and colleagues but to the whole higher education as well, he said.