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PIA Press Release
2007/04/03

Indon priest shot dead in remote Kalinga village

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (3 April) -- An Indonesian priest was shot dead by a lone gunman believed to be a drug addict in a remote mountain village here last Sunday(April 1).

Reports said that Fr. Francis Madhu, 31, an Indonesian national, was shot by Nestor Wailan alias Sukman while, he, along with some Church workers were on their way to conduct mass in a remote village of sitio Dugnat, Barangay Mabungot, Lubuagan, where the slain priest had been serving for the last 10 years.Lt. Francis Lardizabal, commanding officer of the Army's 21st Infantry Battalion, said the 35-year-old suspect, a resident of Barangay Canao here, accosted the priest, even brandishing an M-16 Armalite rifle, and then shot him at close range.The young priest immediately succumbed to five gunshots wounds on his throat. The incident took place at around 4 pm Sunday, or two hours before his scheduled mass in the area.

The Army said that Madhu was in the company of several catechists and some Church members when they were accosted by Wailan, who reportedly appeared to be high on marijuana.

According to the Army, the suspect reportedly accused the priest of some wrongdoings before shooting him.

Tabuk Bishop Prudencio Andaya Jr. denounced the gruesome killing of the 'helpless' priest as he called on government authorities for the early solution of the incident.Local Church officials, led by the bishop, along with Army and police personnel were still on their way to Barangay Mabungtot, an extremely remote mountain area, to retrieve the priest's remains as of press time. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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