By Camcer Ordoñez Imam
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Four unidentified gunmen entered the premises of a public school in a remote village in Bukidnon and attempted to kill two teachers on Tuesday morning, police said Wednesday.
Police said Zhydee Cabañelez, 32, and her husband Ramil, survived the slay attempt inside a classroom of the Dalit Elementary School in Sitio Dalit, Barangay Lumbayao, Valencia City, Bukidnon.
Lt. Col. Surki Sereñas, Valencia City Police chief, said Cabañelez was about to start her class when the shooting happened. Zhydee was attending to something while her husband Ramil, 34, was looking for some files.
There were seven pupils who were inside the classroom at the time of the shooting.
Cabañelez is a multi-grade teacher and a 2017 Outstanding Teacher awardee in her barangay in Sinabuagan, Valencia, while her husband is a teacher-in-charge.
He said the gunmen approached Cabañelez and asked where her husband was, and when they saw him, one of the attackers started shooting at him, but he managed to duck and take cover under a table.
After firing at Ramil, the assailant then shot at Cabañelez hitting her foot twice and her shoulder twice. When she fell down, the suspects exited the classroom.
The victim is now in stable condition, Sereñas said.