Priest latest victim of Philippines violence against poor workers, farmers
MANILA, Philippines – A day after police killed a Christian pastor they tagged as a member of the communist New People’s Army, gunmen killed a 72-year-old Catholic priest on the main Philippine island of Luzon.
Ucanews.com reported that unidentified men shot dead Fr. Marcelito Paez around 8 p.m. Dec. 4 while he was driving in San Leonardo, about 175 kilometres northeast of the capital. The priest died later at a local hospital.
The attack occurred hours after Paez, a retired priest of the San Jose Diocese and a national board member of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, facilitated the release of a political