Emmanuel Jose “Em-J” Pavia, a teacher from Ateneo de Manila High School, was shot dead near his home in Barangay Barangka, Marikina City Monday night.
According to ABS-CBN News, Pavia was shot three times on the head by an unidentified gunman at around 7:00 PM. The teacher was rushed to the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center where he was declared dead on arrival.
Investigation on the incident is ongoing, but social media is already abuzz about the incident. Some speculated that his shooting may be related to the spate of summary executions and extra-judicial killing that are happening around the country since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a massive escalation of the war on drugs.
Nevertheless, one Twitter user explained that Pavia’s death has nothing to do with it. “He (Pavia) witnessed an armed robbery on his way home to Marikina. He tried to help but he was shot three times in the head. He didn’t make it to the hospital,” the text on the image posted read.
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Tributes from his friends, colleagues, and former students are now all over social media. Here’s one: