Live-in partner of slain Ateneo security guard calls for justice

The live-in partner of Jeneven Bandiala, the security guard who was killed in the shooting incident at the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) in Quezon City on Sunday, July 24, is seeking justice for his death.

Bandiala, 35, was one of the three victims who were gunned down by the suspect, Dr. Chao-Tiao Yumol, during the graduation of law students in the university last Sunday.

The two other victims were Rosita “Rose” Furigay, former mayor of Lamitan, Basilan, and her executive assistant, Victor Capistrano.

“Sana po mabigyan po ng hustisya ‘yung pagkamatay ng asawa ko, ‘yun lang po (I hope the death of my husband will be given justice, that’s all),” Cristina Mascardo, Bandiala’s partner, told Manila Bulletin.

Mascardo, who is also a security guard, shared how she learned about the death of her partner.

“Nasa duty po ako noon eh, nung Sunday. Tapos bandang hapon po tumawag po is OIC , ‘yung OIC niya doon sa duty niya. Ininform po sa akin na may nangyari daw kay Jeneven, sa asawa ko. Sinasabi po na ‘wag daw po akong mabibigla. ‘Yun po doon na po ako nag-isip, kasi sinabi po na nasa ospital daw siya. Tinanong ko po kung anong nangyari, sabi po wala na daw si Jeneven (I was on duty last Sunday. Then the OIC called me up in the afternoon informing that something happened to Jeneven, my husband. I was told not be surprised. I became worried because they said that he was in the hospital. When I asked what happened, I was told that Jeneven passed away” she said.

She added that Bandiala was a good, loving, and helpful person who would always make sure that his family comes first.

According to the Quezon City Police District, the incident happened at the lobby of the Arete building at around 2:49 p.m., where the suspect merged with the crowd before he fired shots at the former mayor.

He then ran towards the Gate 3.5 manned by Bandiala.

The security guard tried to stop Yumol but he was also shot by the suspect.

The police launched a dragnet operation which led to the arrest of the suspect.

On Tuesday, July 26, QCPD director Brig. Gen. Remus Medina said that the incident is now considered a “closed case” after they filed multiple charges -- three counts of murder, a frustrated murder, violations of Republic Act 10883 (Anti-Carnapping Law), RA 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition), and malicious mischief -- against the suspect.

The police filed the cases at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.

“Sana po hindi nalang siya nangdamay ng ibang tao (He shouldn’t have involved other people),” Mascardo said.

She also said that the security agency of Bandiala and the ADMU have already provided them help.