Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Mindanao mayor shot dead at Manila airport
Politician, his family and small child killed in brazen attack
Ukol Talumpa, mayor of Labangan in Zamboanga de Sur Province (picture: AFP Photo/STR)
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- December 20, 2013
At least two gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed a mayor from Mindanao, his wife, nephew and an 18-month-year-old child in a brazen attack at Manila Airport on Friday.
Ukol Talumpa, mayor of Labangan in Zamboanga de Sur Province, arrived with his family shortly before midday when they were attacked by waiting gunmen outside the Terminal 3 building. Toddler Phil Tomas Lirasan was killed in the crossfire.
Security personnel tried to run after the attackers but they escaped, said airport General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.
There was no closed-circuit television installed in the area where the attack took place, he added.
Talumpa, who survived previous assassination attempts in 2010 and 2012, won a hotly contested local election for the Philippines main opposition party in May.
Three years ago he was wounded when two gunmen opened fire on his car in Manila after he was elected vice mayor as an independent candidate. Talumpa received death threats at the time, his wife – who also died on Friday – told the Philippine Star.
Last year men threw a grenade at his car in Pagadian City, Zamboanga, leaving three people injured. Talumpa and his wife were unharmed, according to media reports.
Mindanao has suffered a series of killings recently with three journalists shot and killed in recent weeks.