MSU student still in coma; gunman still unidentified

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 October) – Amid condemnations of the shooting incident and calls for prayers and justice, Ivan Polinar Almeda, the 20-year old freshman who was shot at the commercial center of the Mindanao State University main campus in Marawi City Thursday night is still in coma as of Sunday afternoon, the President of the Mindanao State University (MSU) System said.

No suspect has been arrested or identified.

MSU President Habib Macaayong told MindaNews Sunday that investigation is “continuous” but “wala pa suspect” (no suspect has been identified).

Ivan Polinar Almeda, 20, freshman at the College of Sports, Physical Education and Recration at the Mindanao State Unversity main campus in Marawi City, is still fighting for his lfie at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi after he was short by a still unidnetified gunman in the commercial center within the campus. Photo from Almedia’s FB page

Macaayong said Almeda, who hails from Bayugan in Agusan del Sur, remains at the intensive care unit of the Amai Pakpak Medical Center, still in coma.

Almeda is a freshman at the College of Sports, Physical Education and Recretation (CSPEAR) at the MSU and a badminton varsity player.

CSPEAR Dean Hendely Adlawan told MindaNews Sunday that Almeda was still “fighting to survive.”

She said doctors informed them the bullet entered the left occipital and exited “right frontal part.”

“Hope there is God’s miracle. Life support / respirator and medicines continue,” Adlawan said on Saturday, as she asked for prayers.

The still unidentified gunman shot Almeda from behind at around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Ivan Polinar Almeda of Bayugan in Agusan del Sur, freshman, College of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation at the Mindanao State University main campus in Marawi City. Shot at around 6:30 p.m. at the commercial center inside campus October 17, 2019. Photo from Almeda’s FB page

Almeda’s mother, Genevieve, an elementary school teacher, arrived early Friday morning in Iligan, accompanied by a neighbor. Macaayong had them brought to the APMC in Marawi immediately.

Macaayong also assured Genevieve that the university would attend to the hospital expenses as well as other needs she may incur in Marawi.

University officials as well as students and alumni, also sent some donations to Genevieve, for her son, Ivan, the eldest of two children. (Carolyn O. Arguillas /MindaNews)