4 people killed in NAIA Terminal 3 shooting; Fatalities include 18-month-old toddler

Will we wait for the body count to increase before we aggressively pursue criminals?

Eric Apolonio of InterAksyon.com reports that four people were killed outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City when two men on a motrocycle opened fire on them sometime before noon on Friday, December 20. Five other people were injured in the attack.


Those killed were identified as Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur municipal mayor Ukol Talumpa, his wife, Leah Talumpa, Salipuddin Talumpa, 25, and 18-month-old Phil Thomas Lirasan. They were all declared dead on arrival at the Air Force General Hospital at Villamor Air Base.


Meanwhile, as the report revealed, those hurt who injured were identified as "three-year-old Dianne Philip Uy, who was shot in the forehead; the mayor’s niece, Romaida Talumpa, 28, who was shot in her upper lip; Philip Thomas’ mother, Mary Anne Lirasan, 28, who was hit in the left arm; and  Amalia dela Cruz Lirasan, 58, and Ronda Lantagan, 26, who were both hit in the chest."



The target of the assassination was the Labangan municipal mayor. He had been targeted in assassination attempts in 2010 and 2012. The report noted: "After arriving from Zamboanga City at 11:15 a.m. on board Cebu Pacific Flight 5J-852, the mayor’s party left the arrival hall and went straight to their waiting vehicle near the Arrival Bay 2, where they were ambushed."


The investigation is now ongoing. However, authorities may face a lot of challenges. For starters, NAIA 3 has no CCTV cameras so there is no ready footage that may help identify the killers quicker.


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