Cebu Prelate asks for calm after shooting

Published July 10, 2018, 3:54 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has asked the public to remain calm following the shooting incident in his archdiocese Tuesday.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma (credits: cbcp|Manila Bulletin)
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma (credits: cbcp|Manila Bulletin)

“He appealed for calm,” Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Villarojo said quoting Archbishop Palma.

In an interview with Church-run Radyo Veritas, the prelate said Palma also discouraged the public from making speculations and to just wait for the investigation.

“Don’t make any speculations because investigations are still on-going. Let the process take its course,” said Villarojo.

In a separate statement, Msgr. Joseph Tan, Media Relations Officer of the Cebu Archdiocese, explained the incident that took place at the Archbishop’s residence on the said day.

“We wish to inform the public that an incident took place in the archbishop’s residence this morning resulting in the death of an unidentified person wanting to see the archbishop who is in Manila,” he said.

“The police was called after the man refused to leave. The official police report will disclose the details pending investigation,” added Tan.

According to the priest, there is no prior threat to the Archbishop of Cebu before the incident.

“We call for prayer that peace may be restored,” Tan said.