MANILA, Oct. 17, 2011— An Italian Catholic missionary was shot dead Monday morning in Aracan Valley, in North Cotabato.
He was declared dead upon arrival at the Arakan District Hopital after after sustaining eight gunshot wounds on different parts of his body.
Fausto, 59, was about to ride his vehicle when a still unidentified man shot him shortly before 8:00am.
The priest was supposed to leave for Kidapawan City to attend a regular clergy meeting.
Fausto is a missionary from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) and has been in Kidapawan diocese for around 30 years.
He was also the director of the Kidapawan diocese’s program for the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).
In 1985, Fr. Tullio Favali, also a PIME missionary and a parish priest of Tulunan town, also in the Kidapawan diocese, was killed on April 11, 1985 by a paramilitary group. [CBCPNews]