TDoR 2022 / 2022 / September / 28 / Estee Saway

Estee Saway

Age 38

28 Sep 2022
Bangued, Abra (Philippines)

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Estee Saway
Estee Saway [photo:]

Estee died after being shot by a gunman who followed her on her way to work as a high school teacher.

A trans high school teacher in the Philippines has been brutally murdered by a gunman in broad daylight.

Estee Saway was reportedly shot by a gunman outside a carwash in Barangay Lipcan at around 7.50 am on Wednesday (28 September) after the assailant followed her as she made her way to work. The Suyo National High School teacher was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead, having sustained multiple bullet wounds.

After reviewing CCTV footage, police reportedly found and arrested two suspects believed to be involved in the shooting. They were fleeing on a motorcycle toward Barangay Santa Rosa in Bangued.

“We are saddened to know about the incident,” Bangued Municipal Police Station chief Mafelino Bazar said in a statement. “Such acts of violence have no place in our society, we condemn in the strongest terms the killing of the victim. We also sound our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, rest assured we are doing all our means to give justice to the victim and [her] family.”

He also appealed to anyone who knows anything about the crime “to come forward and cooperate with the investigators”.

An LGBTQ+ group in the Philippines said in a statement: “We demand swift investigation and justice to this killing of one of our members. Once again, it puts to light, the prejudice, hatred and impunity that LGBTIQA+ face in their daily existence and struggles.

“We call on authorities to show its might against law-breaking citizens who commit cold-blood murder in a civilised society that promotes respect and dignity to human lives.

“We must end the killings. We want justice now.”

Four suspects were arrested. When interrogated they confessed to killing Estee, claiming that she was killed under a contract from an elected official following a dispute with Estee's family.

A Filipino elected official has been accused of formulating the killing of a trans teacher in Abra according to a Police report.

Barangay chairman hon. Mike Armando Wilson was reportedly identified by one of the four suspects arrested a few hours after the killing of Estee Saway on Wednesday (28 September).

Saway was shot by a gunman outside of a local carwash in Barangay Lipcan while on her way to work. She was declared dead after being taken to Abra Provincial hospital by first responders.

Officers managed to find the suspects as they were fleeing on a motorcycle toward Barangay Santa Rosa in Bangued by reviewing nearby CCTV footage.

They admitted to officers that they were paid ₱100,000 (£1,501) to kill Saway over a land dispute in the area.

Report added: 30 Sep 2022. Last updated: 8 Nov 2022

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