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Philippines priest killed at altar in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija province as Catholic clergy come beneath assault

ZARAGOZA, Philippines — Two gunmen killed a Roman Catholic priest as he ready to have a good time Mass on the altar of a chapel within the northern Philippines, within the newest lethal assault on a priest in Asia’s largest predominantly Catholic nation, police mentioned Monday. The 2 males shot the Rev. Richmond Nilo with pistols Sunday evening within the chapel in Zaragoza city in Nueva Ecija province.

The gunmen, who fired by a chapel window, fled on a motorbike and have been being hunted by police.

The Catholic Bishops Convention of the Philippines mentioned Nilo was the third Catholic priest to be killed within the nation in current months, and condemned the “outrageously evil act.” The killing left a pool of blood beneath the statue of the Virgin Mary.

“We’re deeply saddened and terribly disturbed that one other priest is brutally killed,” Archbishop Romulo Valles, who heads the Catholic bishops’ group. “We make our attraction as soon as once more to the police authorities to behave swiftly within the investigation and to go after the perpetrators of this heinous crime and produce them to justice.”

President Rodrigo Duterte‘s administration condemned the killing. Police created a particular drive to research the assault, decide the motive and establish and seize these accountable.

Many monks and missionaries within the dominant Catholic church have fallen sufferer to violence by Muslim extremists, legal syndicates and teams affected by their involvement within the battle in opposition to corruption, environmental threats and political abuses.

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