Probe on DepEd official’s slay in Pagadian City ordered

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Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday ordered an investigation on the killing of a newly installed official of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) office in Zamboanga del Sur.

In a statement, Briones also condemned the slaying of schools division superintendent Marcom Borongan, who was gunned down at the Teacher’s Center in San Jose Heights in Pagadian City during a thanksgiving and turnover ceremony on Monday evening.

“We, at DepEd, condemn all forms of violence, especially as they occur in schools. We maintain that schools are zones of peace where the safety and well-being of students, teachers, and personnel are of utmost importance,” she said.

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“The Department also offers its sincere condolences to the family of SDS Borongan. We are one with them in this time of bereavement.”

Sources said Briones has instructed DepEd’s local officials and staff to investigate the matter and to work closely with police authorities.

Briones has also asked DepEd-Region 9 director Isabelita Borres to monitor the developments on the case and ordered the release of monetary benefits.

She said police authorities have also called on the public to prudently identify and arrest the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

“At this crucial time, we enjoin everyone to help safeguard peace and order in our communities. As in other similar incidents, we will work hand in hand with our local officials and law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of our personnel and to maintain peaceful communities for our learners,” she said. (MLMG/PNA)

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