TACLOBAN CITY, June 14, 2018–The Philippine National Police (PNP) Leyte Police Provincial Office has assured the safety of priests in the Archdiocese of Palo as well as its citizens.
Sr. Supt. Norberto Tuazon, Leyte PNP Provincial Director, said that they willing to provide priests with security if needed.
He said that priests should be respected because they are servants of God.
“We have to respect our priests because they are servants of God and I assure them of their safety in Leyte,” Supt. Tuazon said.
Tuazon said he has no reports of threats or complaints from priests in the Archdiocese of Palo.
He also reported there are no more reports of extortion activities victimizing priests as last year a priest in Leyte was almost to be victimized by extortionists claiming to be members of the NPA.
The priest was told by the police not to send the cash of P30,000.00 through the pera cash padala services being demanded by alleged NPA rebels as he was also victimized by a group of extortionists who had victimized many businessmen in Tacloban City who were threatened of being executed if they will not comply to their cash demands.
The Leyte PNP official’s assurance came after three priests have been killed by still unknown perpetrators within this year.
The Archdiocese of Palo under Archbishop John F. Du has 145 priests assigned in 78 parishes in the Northern and Western side of Leyte. (Nestor L. Abrematea Visayas Times)