MANILA, Jan. 25, 2014— A Catholic bishop has lamented the slow march of justice for an Italian priest doing mission work in the hinterlands of Southern Philippines who was killed two years ago.
It was in October 2011 when Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME, was shot dead inside the compound of a parish church in Arakan town of North Cotabato but there is still no resolution of his case.
In a letter to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Kidapawan Bishop Romulo Dela Cruz expressed his disappointment on how the case is being treated.
“Why are the wheels of justice apparently stuck? Is someone blocking or diverting the investigations again? How can we trust that justice is possible under the present administration?” he said.
Dela Cruz said he was informed that the first investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation was “blocked and diverted” and the key witnesses “retracted” their testimonies.
Information reaching his office also revealed that a new team of investigators called Special Investigation Team for Unsolved Cases (SITU) was announced last October 2013.
“But up to now this team cannot start their work,” he said.
According to him, their lawyers have proposed a list of persons to investigate or to provide information, and they are waiting for a case conference with the SITU team as soon as possible.
“The new prosecutor Al P. Calica is also waiting for the SITU to move,” Dela Cruz said. (CBCPNews)