Student shot dead by schoolmate before graduation

By Rod Bolivar, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2014 01:34 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2014 09:34 PM

MANILA - A graduating high school student was shot dead by his schoolmate in Barangay Rizal, in the town of Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

The victim, identified as 19-year old John Rey Balayong, was shot dead by Nico Labastida, also 19. Both are students of Rizal National High School.

Initial investigation revealed the two had a drinking spree outside the school campus. The suspect walked out after a heated argument with the victim.

He came back with a .45 caliber pistol and shot the victim around four o'clock Monday afternoon.

The suspect surrendered to Barangay Malaguing Chairman Linda Nandong last night and is now under police custody.

The suspect and the victim are supposed to graduate on March 28.