Palace: Resolution of Nueva Ecija priest’s murder top priority
Malacanang vowed Monday justice for slain priest in Nueva Ecija.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assured that the resolution of the murder of Fr. Richmond Nilo will be a top priority of the government.
“Kinokondena po natin iyang pagpatay dito sa pari na taga Nueva Ecija,” he said in a press briefing.
“Talaga pong bibigyan natin ng prayoridad ang pag-iimbestiga nang pagkapatay kay Father at nababahala po ang gobyerno dahil gaya ng pagpatay sa isang mamamahayag, kapag pinatay mo ang isang pari eh nilalabag mo hindi lang ang karapatang mabuhay kung hindi iyong karapatan din ng malayang pananampalataya,” Roque added.
The spokesman did not see any connection between Nilo’s death and that of President Rodrigo Duterte’s criticisms against the Catholic Church.
“Hindi naman po ‘no. I don’t think there is any empirical basis for that ‘no. Ang masasabi ko lang po itong kultura ng impunity ay naririyan na po bago pa pumasok ang ating Presidente,” he said.
Unidentified suspects killed Nilo, parish priest of Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija, at around 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 10, inside the chapel of Barangay Mayamot in the same municipality when he was about to celebrate a mass.
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