Last Sunday, the gruesome shooting at Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) in Loyola Heights, Quezon City during a graduation ceremony shocked the country. Police found that it was an assassination of former Lamitan City Mayor Rose Furigay who was there to see her daughter graduate law school. The incident left three dead: Furigay, her assistant Victor Capistrano, and Ateneo security guard Jeneven Bandiala who attempted to stop the suspect.
Jeneven Bandiala, remembered
After initial news reports labeled Bandiala as an unnamed casualty, those who personally knew him made sure everyone remembered his bravery. While all eyes were on the gunman, many took the time to express their gratitude and condolences to the security guard who put his life on the line to protect people.
Jeneven Bandiala is the security guard in Ateneo who was shot alongside other victims.
May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/3XoBfh6oaP
— Budget Babe (@znsuzara) July 24, 2022
“Di maalis sa isip ko si Jeneven Bandiala, yung sekyu sa Ateneo na namatay sa pamamaril kanina. He probably started his shift thinking it was like any other shift except [medyo] busy kasi may graduation,” one netizen tweeted. “Pero ngayon, he’s gone. All because some madman thought himself to be [some kind of a] savior.”
Filipinos also were left in awe of what Bandiala did — jumping in the line of fire. “Hearing a gunshot, they chose not to run from it, but towards it. What they did was heroic. And as someone with loved ones in Ateneo, I am indebted to them,” said another on Twitter.
Jeneven Bandiala, among so many other members of the Ateneo community, did something I could never understand today. Hearing a gunshot, they chose not to run from it, but towards it. What they did was heroic. And as someone with loved ones in Ateneo, I am indebted to them.
— Chinese Gambino (@giancantdance) July 24, 2022
Another also commended the fallen security guard for “doing so much more than what he was supposed to do.”
SIR JENEVEN BANDIALA did so much more than what he was supposed to do.
SGs are underpaid considering the nature of their job.
Ang sakit sakit sa puso nung nangyari.
— Aterni ⚖️🎀 (@aternisizzy) July 24, 2022
“Isang paalala. Mabubuting tao ang mga security guards ng Ateneo. Ang kawalan ng isa ay kawalan ng buong Ateneo,” wrote another netizen recognizing that everyone who works in Ateneo — guards, staff, groundskeepers, etc. — are of valuable help to the institution.
Isang paalala. Mabubuting tao ang mga security guards ng Ateneo. Ang kawalan ng isa ay kawalan ng buong Ateneo. Mariing pagkundena sa karahasang ito.
— Jayeel Cornelio (@jayeel_cornelio) July 24, 2022
Fellow Ateneo security guards remember their fallen comrade
Brother Bien Cruz, SJ on Facebook shared a conversation he had with Ateneo security guards hours after the crime. They described Bandiala as their “kaibigan, kumpare, at kakuwentuhan,” even saying that they knew his kids. No matter how saddened they were about what happened, they expressed how proud they were that Bandiala fulfilled his duty.
“Ginawa niya ang dapat niyang gawin. Ginawa niya ang tama at baon niya yun kung saan man siya ngayon. Di yun mawawala sa kanya. Mas mabuti pa rin gumawa ng kabutihan kaysa kasamaan,” said one of the guards to Br. Bien.
Jeneven Bandiola, an Ateneo guard who protected many lives. Remember his name
— Jc Mercahny (@overallqueen) July 24, 2022
Jeneven Bandiala’s family lament his passing
Bandiala’s partner, Cristina Mijares, took to Facebook to mourn her husband. She thanked him for his kindness to her and their child.
Raymond Bandiala, the security guard’s brother, spoke to the press while at a funeral parlor in Quezon City. He also tearfully thanked his brother for everything the did for his family.
Speaking to reporters at a funeral parlor in Quezon City, Raymond Bandiala seeks justice for the death of his brother, security guard Jeneven Bandiala, who was among the three people shot dead by Chao-Tiao Yumol at the Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday l @manueltupas pic.twitter.com/LD2rBtvoQo
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) July 25, 2022
There’s a donation drive for Jeneven Bandiala’s family
Ateneo Law School Class of 2022 calls for donations to the family of Kuya Jeneven Bandiala. pic.twitter.com/sIDI3uZoQo
— Team AMDG (@TeamAMDG) July 25, 2022
After the incident, many Filipinos expressed their desire to help Bandiala’s bereaved loved ones. Ateneo Law School Class of 2022 has created a donation drive for Bandiala’s family. You can send your monetary donations via BPI, BDO, and GCash.
Who killed Jeneven Bandiala?
After the incident, the police later identified the suspect as Chao Tiao Yumol, a 38-year-old doctor who is also from Lamitan City. Yumol opened fire at the Areté lobby when former Lamitan Mayor Rose Furigay and her 25-year-old daughter arrived. In the process, he killed Bandiala and Furigay’s assistant Capistrano. Furigay’s daughter was also wounded. Yumol then attempted to escape in a stolen vehicle but was arrested on Aurora Boulevard.
Quirino Esguerra, the Furigay family lawyer, said that Yumol has a personal grudge against Furigay “over the closure of an infirmary clinic right across Lamitan City Hall.” The police also found that Furigay has filed multiple cyber libel cases against Yumol resulting in his suspension from practicing his profession.