By CRIS DIAZ
Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, President of the University of Science and Technology in Southern Philippines (USTP), was laid to his final resting place Friday. A throng of students, faculty members, members of various civic organizations, and top government officials joined the 2-kilometer funeral walk along the city’s major highway.
The massive funeral march demonstrated the people’s outpouring grief of the untimely demise of a young and promising person who have contributed much for the uplift of the state educational’ system.
As Rotoras was laid to rest, the law enforcers were also inching on the possible culprits and the mastermind in the killing. The humors in the corners are painting the image of the unknown killers and the law enforcers are now examining its details. Tomorrow, the killers would be unmasked.
Rotoras , 48, was one of the moguls in the country’s state colleges and universities, who was elected unopposed as the President of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) for the fourth time with a term ending in 2018.
Being one of the country’s most respected educators, Rotoras was among the “influencers” who fought for the adoption of a free tuition for the country’s state colleges and universities.
A product of the public school, Rotoras reportedly completed his engineering degree at the Don Mariano Marcos Polytechnic State College (DMMPSC), the school that transcended to become the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST).
Becoming the President of MUST, Rotoras has worked hard to correct the flaws of the public educational system, which led to the introduction of the free tuition at state colleges and universities.
When MUST was elevated to USTP, Rotora s, being the university President, has to work hard to elevate the university to a more respected school of sciences in the country.
Expanding the USTP’s main campus in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, is one of the projects that Rotoras wanted to attain in his lifetime. However, his dreams were cut-down by an assassin in one of the most well-planned murders against a top government official who lives in the city in recent times.
Rotora s was gunned down as he walked toward his residence in the Golden Glow Village, a middle-income subdivision, in Upper Carmen, after attending a party in downtown Cagayan De Oro. The killer(s) pumped as much bullets to Rotoras head to make sure that he is killed before fleeing from the crime scene by scaling the subdivision’s perimeter fence toward a waiting pickup.
The suspect’s pickup, which speed toward an unknown direction, was caught by a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV). The CCTV footage is now in the custody of police investigators who are now trying to establish the identity of the killers.
Many suspected that the killers were “gun-for-hire” by a mastermind who is now tagged as the “person of interest.” While the identities of the suspected mastermind have started to circulate in the community, their whereabouts are now unknown.
A little bird told the CYNOSURE that the killing of Rotoras might have something to do with the USTP’s ongoing expansion program. Obviously, the USTP’s expansion is focused on “vertical construction.” In engineering term, vertical construction refers to building designs.
With the USTP’s expansion in full swing, a lot of construction is already going on in Alubijid. With one of the largest state universities in Mindanao, it would only take a few years before Alubijid becomes the town capital in Misamis Oriental.
In the meantime, the law enforcers are certain that the culprits in the Rotoras murder would be caught in due time. Otherwise, the security of the next USTP President’s would be threatened. -0- Email reactions/comments: [email protected]
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