By: Jim Lloyd Dongiapon
Lamiteños paid their final respects to former Mayor Rose Furigay as she was laid to rest today, August 3, at RNR Tennis Court in Barangay Limo-ok, Lamitan City, Basilan.
Funeral services for the former mayor began with a public viewing of her remains and a necrological service at 6:00 AM at Lamitan City Gym.
The Lamiteños’ sadness at the passing of who they consider the “mother” of their city overwhelmed the funeral services. Many others wished to join the services but were not allowed entry due to COVID-19 protocols in place.
Her body was then transferred to St. Peter the Apostle Parish Church for the funeral mass held at 10:00 AM.
After the mass, the former mayor’s coffin, draped with the Philippine flag, was brought to her final resting place at RNR Tennis Court, also known as the Furigay Tennis Court.
She was also given a 21-gun salute by troopers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom).
Former Mayor Rose Furigay was among the three fatalities during the July 24 Ateneo de Manila shooting incident perpetrated by Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol over alleged frustrations about her alleged illegal drug trade involvement, despite certification from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) stating she has no pending illegal drug cases.
The other victims were her long-time executive assistant, Victor Capistrano, and security guard, Jeneven Bandiala.
Her daughter, Hannah Furigay, who was supposed to attend her graduation as Juris Doctor, survived the shooting incident and is currently recovering from her gunshot wounds.