Priest shot dead in Nueva Ecija

Breaking News • Tue Dec 5, 2017 05:57 AM  •  316   0
By CBCP and Edwin O. Fernandez
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Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez
Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez
MANILA— A Catholic priest was gunned down by unidentified men in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecjia on Monday evening.

Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez, a priest of the Diocese of San Jose, was shot while driving his vehicle at around 7:45 p.m.

Initial police investigation showed that four men riding in two separate motorbikes were seen tailing the vehicle of Fr. Paez.

One of them opened fire on the priest's vehicle and sped away. Police recovered at least 10 empty shells for cal. 45 pistol.

Responding residents rushed the victim to the Gonzales General Hospital but at about 10:30 p.m. the priest expired.

Ceferino, the priest's brother, said the slain clergy has no known enemies.  He has retired but still saying mass every now and then.

PO1 Alexander Carlos of Jaena police and one of those who rushed the priest to the hospital said, said the victim mentioned nothing about anyone or anybody who could want him dead.

"It could be a case of mistaken identity," he theorized. 

Paez, 72, was a former parish priest of in Guimba town and currently the coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Central Luzon.

In the 1980s, he was also a leader of the Central Luzon Alliance for a Sovereign Philippines, which campaigned for the removal of the US military bases in Central Luzon and other parts of the country.

He was also known to lead church service for communities and victims of human rights violations in Nueva Ecija and Central Luzon.

Earlier in the day, Paez assisted in facilitating the release of political prisoner Rommel Tucay who was detained at a hail in Cabanatuan City.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killing. CBCPNews
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