November 30, 2022

The Department of Education-Abra Schools Division has condemned the killing of one of its dedicated members.

In a statement, DepEd-Abra said the death of Rudy Steward Sayen, Jr. is a great loss to the department.

“We are saddened by the death of our teacher, Ms. Rudy Steward D. Sayen, Jr. She is said to be the life of the classroom. She makes sure her students grasp the lesson. Her co-teachers say she goes beyond miles to make sure no student is left behind,” the statement reads.

“We strongly condemn her untimely demise due to premeditated transgressions and offenses to her being and person. The department needs more teachers like Ms. Sayen. Her death means a great loss in Abra.”

DepEd-Abra expressed gratitude to the Philippine National Police, whose quick response led to the arrest of four suspects in Sayen’s death as it condoled with the victim’s family and expressed hope justice will be served.

Sayen, a teacher and the school nurse of Suyo National High School in Pidigan, was shot in to death on her way to school morning of Sept. 28 in the capital town of Bangued.

One of her perpetrators hit her motorcycle while the other shot her at the back and neck.

Responding personnel of the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company rushed her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead due to gunshot wounds.

The police arrested suspects Sonny Boy Tullas, Aldrin Alagao, Abelardo Talape, and Romel Paa.  The LGBTQIA+ community has earlier condemned the killing of Sayen, Estee to her friends, who they said was a dedicated public educator and an inspiration to her students. – Jane B. Cadalig