Ad Hoc committee formed to investigate priest’s death

Published September 30, 2020, 9:12 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Antipolo Bishop Francisco De Leon has formed a panel that will investigate the death of one of his priests.

In his decree dated September 28, the prelate said the Ad Hoc Committee will investigate the underlying reasons regarding the death of Fr. Nomer L. de Lumen.

Antipolo Bishop Francisco De Leon (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM AOC / MANILA BULLETIN)

De Lumen was found dead with a bullet wound inside his room at the St. John the Baptist Parish Church last September 9.

De Leon said he also created the panel as per request of the De Lumen family and in order “to plan, design, promote and execute measures and programs that may prevent the same or similar incident from happening among the clergy in the future.”

Named as chairman of the probe panel is Auxiliary Bishop Nolly Buco, while Fr Aly Barcinal and Fr Jeffrey Quintela shall serve as its members.

The members of the Ad Hoc Committee are tasked to find out the facts and try to seek out the truth regarding the reason/s behind the demise of de Lumen.

De Leon said the panel shall conduct the investigation in a “respectful and discreet manner” as prudence dictates not only to safeguard the rights of the Church as an institution but to protect the
dignity of the deceased.

He said the panel shall “call witnesses and experts, always under oath of confidentiality, as may be necessary to shed light on the case in the interest of truth, fairness and justice.”

He also instructed the panel to submit to him personally the written proceedings and final report and recommendation/s not later than November 30, 2020 for further action.

“All matters submitted to this Ad Hoc Committee and all proceedings conducted are confidential and shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed to any third party except by operation of law, or by virtue of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction,” said De Leon.