Senators condemned the killing of the president of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, and urged law enforcers to exert all efforts to arrest the perpetrators.
Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, 48, was shot on Saturday outside his house in Golden Glow North Village Subdivision in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.
“I am alarmed and outraged by this latest attack on our law-abiding and dedicated public servants,” said Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.
Law enforcers particularly the Philippine National Police must “quickly arrest” the killers and work “double-time” to unmask the mastermind, he said.
“Killings of this nature must be stopped,” said Pimentel. “Police must do [their] job to protect and secure the people against rouge elements.”
A University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines president since 2006, Rotoras was elected president of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges for a fourth consecutive term. He was a “big loss,” Pimentel said.
Rotoras sustained multiple gunshot wounds. His driver rushed him to a nearby hospital but the victim died before arrival, police said.
Two men were seen walking out of the subdivision and boarding a black pickup truck after the incident, witnesses said.
Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Francis Pangilinan said they worked closely with Rotoras for the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
“His untimely death is a great loss to the country’s push for quality education for every Filipino,” they said. “We call on authorities to leave no stone unturned to ensure that those behind the killing be brought to justice and punished.”
“Clearly unacceptable” and “enraging” was how Francis Escudero, chairman of the Senate education, arts and culture committee, described Rotoras’ death.
“I join the academe in mourning the death of Dr. Rotoras, whose efforts to help improve the country’s higher education system will not be forgotten,” Escudero said.