The University of the Philippines – Los Baños (UPLB) has condemned the killing of Los Baños Mayor Caesar Perez.
In a statement, the state university described Perez as a “staunch ally and supporter” of UPLB.
“He helped keep our campus secure and free from criminal elements through a partnership that we have nurtured with the Local Government of Los Baños and the barangays where the UPLB campus is located,” its statement read.
UPLB called on authorities to probe into the circumstances behind the killing of Perez and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“His killing is an affront to our dearly held respect for human rights and must immediately be investigated,” the university said.
“We would also like to appeal to the residents of Los Baños to denounce this utter disregard for judicial processes as can be seen in the killing of Mayor Perez,” UPLB added.
Perez was shot dead at the Municipal Hall located in Barangay Timugan Thursday night, Dec. 3.
Perez, 66 was reportedly on his way back to his office after having a massage in Barangay Baybayin when unidentified gunmen shot him at least two times at the back of his head while he was walking at the receiving area of the establishment, according to Col. Chitadel Gaoiran, spokesperson of the Laguna Police Provincial Police, .
Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez condemned the killing and ordered a thorough investigation on the incident.