UP Manila seeks to allay fears over shooting

Posted at 07/18/12 5:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Officials of University of the Philippines (UP) Manila have assured the students of their safety following a shooting incident at the Court Zone badminton court in Paco, where the students held a PE class.

In a statement released Wednesday, UP Manila said “it is in full control of the situation and has exerted additional measures to tighten security in and around its premises.”

A security guard identified as Delfin Lorenzo allegedly shot his fellow security guard while the students were having badminton classes.

The PE teacher instructed her students to hide in the restroom, where they were later found by police.

“The students and the teacher were fetched shortly by the CAS Administrative Officer in a UP vehicle and brought back safely to the UPM campus,” UP Manila said in the statement.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean Reynaldo Imperial said classes at the Paco badminton court are suspended pending an investigation.

Reynaldo has also asked the CAS Associate Dean Dr. Alex Gonzaga to review the policies on holding PE classes outside the campus.

The university said several PE classes are being held in nearby facilities due to space limitations inside the campus.

UP Manila chief security officer Major Florendo Aejo, meanwhile, denied that the students were taken hostage by the suspect.

Police have yet to identify the motive behind the shooting.

The victim, Johnny Garces, is recovering at the Philippine General Hospital while suspect Lorenzo is still at large.