Father Richmond Nilo, a Priest in Zaragoza town in Nueva Ecija province, was shot and killed last Sunday evening (June 10, 2018) while preparing to celebrate Mass. The chapel was one of many Fr. Nilo visited every Sunday to celebrate Mass for Parishioners who could not afford to commute to the main Parish in town. His shooting, the third under President Rodrigo Duterte who has criticized the Catholic Church for its supposed hypocrisy, sparked widespread concerns that priests in the Philippines are being targetted by lawless elements.
Filo, who would have observed his 44th birthday in July, was described by parishioners as ” a hardworking priest. He wanted to serve as many barangays as he could.” Fr. Filo was ordained a Catholic Priest in July 2001.
Another priest and former police chaplain, 64-year old Father Rey Urmeneta, was seriously wounded by a gunman on June 6 about 25 miles from Manila.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan invited the faithful to observe a “day of reparation” on June 18, urging the faithful to oppose killings.
Click here to review Crux Now article relating to Fr. Filo’s death.