Sunday, July 8, 2018

Illicit affairs biggest motive behind killing of priest

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The killing of a priest in Cagayan seems to have the strongest motive rooted in his illicit affairs with several women, some of which were women linked to businessmen and political personalities.

President Rodrigo Duterte said that this motive behind the killing was most evident in the police’s investigation of Father Mark Anthony Ventura’s death.

 “Ang strongest [link], actually, is babae (women),” Duterte said in a speech in Davao City.

Police further recovered text messages between the priest and women he’s allegedly been involved with, further strengthening evidence that Ventura’s slay was due to affairs.

Additionally, Ventura’s political links were also considered.
Besides this, Duterte said that police also looked into Ventura’s possible tiff with communists and anti-black sand mining advocacy.

The President was criticized for the series of priest deaths in the past six months with human rights group and Catholic organizations linking it to extrajudicial killings (EJK).

With this new information on Ventura, priests and prelates quickly denied the accusations thrown by Duterte’s camp.

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, an outspoken Duterte critic, said Ventura’s killing will never be justifiable whatever the motive may be.

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Source: ABS-CBN

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