Philippine authorities arrest suspect in priest’s murder
Philippine authorities announced on 15th June that they had arrested their “prime suspect” in the killing of Fr Richmond Villaflor Nilo, reported ucanews.com.
The suspect, identified as Adell Roll Milan, was arrested in San Isidro on 14th June, the same day Fr Nilo was buried.
A witness reportedly identified Milan, an alleged former drug user and hitman, as having shot the priest on 10th June. Authorities said police have also identified the vehicles used by the gunman and his accomplices, ucanews.com reported.
Fr Nilo was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen at a village chapel in Zaragoza while he was about to celebrate Mass. He was the third priest and the second in Nueva Ecija province killed in six months.
Bishop Sofronio Bancud of Cabanatuan celebrated Fr Nilo’s funeral at St Nicolas of Tolentine Cathedral in Cabanatuan. Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, papal nuncio to the Philippines, and several priests and bishops concelebrated.
Picture: A Filipino police officer inspects a motorcycle rider in Manila on 14th April. Fr Richmond Villaflor Nilo was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen on 10th June. (CNS photo/Mark R. Cristino, EPA).