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School exec: Initao College lacks security measures

THE president of Initao College over the weekend admitted that the campus lacks security measures, but urged the public to stop pointing fingers as to who is to blame for the recent grenade explosion inside the school and find ways to help instead.

Initao College president Grace Lapinig said the campus is new in the area. Only a bamboo fence secures the facility.

"Ako ay nananawagan na sana, this is a government school, hindi lang sisihan nang sisihan. Kung pwede lahat mag-isip kung paano makakatulong at hindi lang natin iasa ang lahat sa local government," Lapinig said.

(I am calling on the public to stop pointing fingers. This is a government school. Everybody should help. We can not rely on the local government for everything.)

"Alam naman natin na marami rin pong mga projects at marami rin pong pangangailangan na hindi agad-agad matustusan right there," she added.

Although the school has security personnel who was not trained from a professional agency, Lapinig said they are coordinating with the barangay in terms of security.

"Sa mga nangyayari, talagang kailangan namin yung mapatayuan na yan ng fence at yung security measures," Lapinig said.

On Thursday, November 28, a grenade exploded which killed a police officer and wounded 16 civilians, including some students.

Ibrahim Basher, 65, ran amok inside the school and brandished a grenade. He died after being shot by the responding policemen.

Classes in Initao College remain suspended until further notice.

"To ensure while everything is still on process, hindi pa muna namin pinapabalik ang mga estudyante hanggang ma-establish po namin yung security measures namin," Lapinig said.


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