Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete condemned the “gruesome” assassination of Governor Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental and five others on March 04, in the Philippines.
Bishop Cortes described the incident as a “heart-breaking and senseless murder."
Cortes said, “How can we ever have lasting peace if we keep living in a culture of violence?” and “When will this cycle of killing ever stop?”
According to police reports, heavily armed men entered Degamo's residence and fired on him and the civilians before fleeing.
Condolences were offered to the families of the late governor and the families of those killed in the line of duty.
“In this time of deep sorrow, may the God of compassion provide you with all the strength and comfort you need,” Cortes said.
In relation to the killings, local police have arrested at least three suspects so far. Bishop called on the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The prelate also encouraged the faithful to pray the "Oratio Imperata for the End of Killings in the Province".
Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippine president, condemned the "assassination" of political ally Degamo and promised swift justice for those responsible.
Degamo and five others were killed when heavily armed men barged into an aid distribution activity outside his residence. Degamo was declared the winner of the May 2022 election by the Supreme Court just weeks after Teves was removed as governor following a recount of votes.
With inputs from CBCP News
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