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Calls for justice continue after priest's killing

Supporters hold graveside Mass for Father 'Pops' Tentorio

Wellwishers at a candle-lit service at Quiapo church in Manila yesterday (photo by Ciriaco Santiago III) Wellwishers at a candle-lit service at Quiapo church in Manila yesterday (photo by Ciriaco Santiago III)
  • Keith Bacongco and Malu Cadelina Manar, Kidapawan City
  • Philippines
  • October 18, 2012
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More than a thousand priests, nuns, parishioners and campaigners in Manila yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of Mindanao Parish Priest Fausto “Pops” Tentorio with calls for authorities to catch those responsible.

The mourners gathered at a candle-lit ceremony at Quiapo Church in Manila where they attended Mass beside Tentorio’s grave.  They then marched on the Hall of Justice to submit a petition calling for a quick resolution of the case.

Italian missionary Peter Geremia, who heads the Justice for Pops Movement, said during his homily at the Mass that "the cry for justice still continues and grows" a year after Tentorio was shot eight times in the chest and killed.

"It’s been a year since we’ve been calling an investigation but we have no results. Justice delayed, justice denied," he said.

Tentorio, the parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in the mountainous town of Arakan in North Cotabato province, was shot dead by a lone gunman inside the church compound on October 17 last year.

Police are yet to formally charge suspects in the case.

Lawyer Gregorio Andolana, one of the prosecutors, has admitted that the prosecution panel is facing difficulties in finding enough witnesses.

"People are silent, so it is a quite tricky case to handle," he said.

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