FEU confirms stabbing incident on campus

By David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Oct 03 2012 03:38 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2012 11:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – An official of Far Eastern University confirmed Wednesday a stabbing incident involving a female student inside the FEU campus in Morayta, Manila Tuesday night.

In an exclusive interview, Director Albert Cabasada III of the FEU Admissions and External Relations Office said the university is giving its full cooperation to the police in its investigation of the stabbing incident.

“We have shown CCTV footage of the entire incident to Captain Antonio Naag, head of the University Belt Area Police Community Precinct of the PNP. We have also gotten in touch with the victim’s family,” he told ABS-CBNnews.com.

He said the FEU Student Affairs office has also gotten in contact with the University of Santo Tomas following reports that the victim is an IT student of UST.

A police report earlier said victim Joanne Lourdes Concepcion Reyes, 20, had just left the FEU auditorium when she was blocked by suspects wearing nursing uniforms, according to one of her companions.

The suspects first attacked with pepper spray before stabbing Reyes, who is an Information Technology student at the University of Santo Tomas. FEU guards denied that the incident happened on campus but the university later confirmed it.

Cabasada said the incident occurred at around 6:20 pm-6:30 pm Tuesday. He did not confirm if the alleged suspects were FEU students, saying that all hard facts have been turned over to the police.

Below is the official statement of FEU:
“Far Eastern University regrets the alleged stabbing incident that occurred on campus last night, October 2, 2012, and is taking the matter very seriously. All the initial facts pertaining to the case were gathered and turned over to the authorities last night."
"FEU is giving its full cooperation in the investigation making all its resources, including on-campus CCTV footages and access to witnesses available to the investigating team of the Philippine National Police.'

"The lead investigation is being undertaken by Captain Antonio Naag, head of the University Belt Area Police Community Precinct of the PNP.'
"The FEU Student Affairs and Security Offices assisted the victim immediately and brought her to the Chinese General Hospital. The personal details of the victim have been provided as well to UST for their information and verification as initial reports indicate that she is a student of that University. The victim has been reported to be in stable condition at present time.'
"The Far Eastern University is taking steps to augment even further overall safety and security in the campus. Student monitoring and counseling are being undertaken, as well.'