News Release

From the Presidential Spokesperson – In response to Archbishop Socrates Villegas

We join the Catholic bishops and faithful in condemning the murder of Catholic priests, namely, Fr. Mark Ventura, Fr. Tito Paez and Fr. Richmond Nilo.

The government and the Philippine National Police have mounted investigations into these crimes and have vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. The PNP shall also be working closely with the Church, especially the hierarchy and the clergy, on measures to protect our priests.

The President himself has ordered an intensified campaign against criminality to further expand the significant strides we made in the peace and order situation in the country, as acknowledged by various reports.

In this nationwide drive, lawless elements will seek to block our efforts by sowing division and creating animosity, even exploiting crimes like the killings of priests. We must stand united against these purveyors of crime and together advance the peace and security of the nation and the Church.