/ 1 August 2022

THE ATENEO de Manila University paid tribute to Jeneven Bandiala, the security guard who was killed in a shooting incident inside the campus last week.

Ateneo offered its condolences to the family of Bandiala, who had been with the university for six years.

“Jeneven served as one of Ateneo’s trusted security personnel since 2016, and in that span of time, he endeared himself to many employees, administrators, faculty, and students,” the school said in a statement.

“He will be remembered for his friendliness, courteousness, and most of all, his sense of duty. The outpouring of condolences and support for his family only shows how much the community is grateful for his selfless and heroic act,” he added.

Bandiala was among three casualties in the shootout. The other fatalities were former Lamitan City Mayor Rose Furigay and her close aide Victor Capistrano.

Ateneo said Jeneven’s sense of duty and dedication to protecting the community is an embodiment of the “spirit of magis.”

“Jeneven’s family, we cannot fathom the pain and anguish you are experiencing after this sudden and tragic loss. We fervently pray that you may find solace in the fact that your beloved son, partner, and father is now in God’s warm embrace,” the university said. “May you also swiftly find justice for Jeneven, in the hope that it would lessen the pain of your loss. The selflessness, sacrifice, and dedication of SG Jeneven Bandiala will never be forgotten.”