One year on, justice eludes slain Cabanatuan priest

Published June 9, 2019, 3:55 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Leslie Ann Aquino 

The Diocese of Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija continues to cry for justice for Father Richmond Nilo, whose killing remain unsolved a year after his death.

With blood still spread on the floor, a police investigator briefs Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, (left), Region 3 police director and Sr. Superintendent Eliseo Tanding, Nueva Ecija police chief, showing one of the six bullet trajectories on the tarpaulin where Fr. Richmond Nilo was shot to death at closed range by the assassin while about to officiate a Sunday mass. (Ariel Avendaño/MANILA BULLETIN)
With blood still spread on the floor, a police investigator briefs Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, (left), Region 3 police director and Sr. Superintendent Eliseo Tanding, Nueva Ecija police chief, showing one of the six bullet trajectories on the tarpaulin where Fr. Richmond Nilo was shot to death at closed range by the assassin while about to officiate a Sunday mass. (Ariel Avendaño/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Nilo was shot dead on June 10, 2018 as he was about to celebrate mass in the chapel of Barangay Mayamot in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija.

“We continue to call and pray for justice, peace and order in our society. We hope for fair and just resolution of his murder case, and those behind the crime be brought to justice,” Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud said in a statement dated June 8.

He said they believe that the blood shed by Fr. Nilo will bring abundant grace from the Holy Spirit to the Christian faithful.

Bancud invited the faithful to join the different activities that the diocese has prepared for Monday to mark the priest’s first death anniversary.

There will be mass at the Crypt of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Lakewood, Cabanatuan, at 6:30 a.m. to be followed by a visit and prayer at Nilo’s grave.

In the afternoon, there will be a procession from Barangay Valeriana to Barangay Mayamot in Zaragoza. A mass will then be held on the site where Nilo was killed.

“I also asked priests in the diocese to offer their Masses on the said day to the repose of his soul,” said Bancud.
A number of priests in the country were been killed last year.

Fr. Mark Ventura was killed in Gattaran, Cagayan, on April 29, only four months after Fr. Marcelito Paez was killed in Nueva Ecija.

 
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