Koko alarmed by the academe’s mur­der

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - (PS Jun Sarmiento/SunStar Philip­pines)

TWO se­na­tors on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 3, called on the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) and other law en­force­ment agen­cies to ex­haust all ef­forts to quickly ar­rest the as­sailants of a univer­sity pres­i­dent in Ca­gayan de Oro City.

Dr. Ri­cardo Ro­toras, pres­i­dent of the Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of State Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges as well as of the Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy of South­ern Philip­pines (USTP), was shot dead out­side his house in Barangay Up­per Car­men, Ca­gayan de Oro City, at around

1 a.m. Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2. He died from eight gun­shot wounds.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino “Koko” Pi­mentel III and Sen­a­tor Fran­cis Chiz Es­cud­ero con­demned the killing and called on the po­lice to un­mask and ar­rest the mas­ter­minds.

Pi­mentel, who hails from Ca­gayan de Oro City, ex­pressed alarm and out­rage over the at­tack.

“I am alarmed and out­raged by this . I urge the po­lice to work dou­ble time to ar­rest the killers and un­mask the master­mind,” said Pi­mentel.

“We are a peace-lov­ing so­ci­ety and kill- ings of this na­ture must be stopped,” he added.

For his part, Sen. Fran­cis “Chiz” Es­cud­ero said the killing of Ro­toras was “un­ac­cept­able and en­rag­ing.”

He said the death of Ro­toras was a great loss not only to his fam­ily but to the en­tire ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor as well.

Pi­mentel said Ro­toras was de­scribed by his co-work­ers and friends at the USTP as a “worka­holic”.

Ro­toras had served as head of the USTP since 2006 and was elected un­op­posed as pres­i­dent of the Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of State Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges for the fourth con­sec­u­tive term in July 2017.

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