/ 3 August 2022

THE PHILIPPINE National Police will honor Jeneven Bandiala, the security guard who was killed in a shooting incident inside the Ateneo de Manila University, by posthumously conferring on him the Medalya ng Katangi-tanging Asal award.

PNP Director for Operations Police Major General Valeriano de Leon will recognize Bandiala for his heroism and selfless act when he attempted to stop the gunman, Dr. Chao-Tiao Yumol last July 24.

De Leon said the Civil Security Group is coordinating with Bandiala’s family for the conferment of the posthumous award.

“Security guard Jeneven Bandiala deserves this honor for the heroism he showed in safeguarding students and other individuals on campus and for supporting the PNP in bringing justice by attempting to stop the gunman from escaping,” De Leon said.

“This heroic gesture cost him his life, but his bravery will be remembered forever and serve as an inspiration to his fellow security guards. He illustrated what bravery and dedication to one’s vocation truly entail,” he added.

De Leon said that the PNP will also extend financial assistance to the family of Bandiala, and help transfer his remains to Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental.

“We assure Bandiala’s family, the community of Ateneo, and the Filipino people that justice will be served. Appropriate charges have already been filed against the perpetrator, who has been turned over to BJMP facilities,” the PNP official said.

“On the part of the PNP, we will ensure that his ultimate sacrifice will not go in vain by initiating dialogues with school administrators to assure the safety of all campuses across the country,” 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.