Bishop issues ‘Oratio Imperata’ to end killings in Tagum

Bishop issues ‘Oratio Imperata’ to end killings in Tagum

By Rommel Lopez

September 10, 2019

Tagum City, Davao del Norte

Bishop Medil Aseo of Tagum has called on the people to turn to prayer to stop all forms of violence as the spate of killings in the city continues.

The prelate condemned the killings, all of which were reportedly attributed to the various investment scams that thrived in the area since early this year.

The bishop on Sept. 7 released an Oratio Imperata or a mandatory prayer to be recited in all Sunday Masses in the diocese “so that God’s peace may reign over”.

The special prayer “to stop the violence and killings” was issued following the killing of Judylou Palas, reportedly a daughter of a former investment firm agent.

Palas, 22, also served as a lector of the diocese’s cathedral.

The bishop said the violence shows how “the commandment ‘You shall not kill’ was disregarded and the value and sanctity of human lives are violated.”

The St. Thomas More School of Law and Business where Palas used to be an administrative staff also deplored her murder “which took not only her life but her youth and dreams as well”.

In a statement, the school called on local authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice “and ensure that nobody in this city shall ever again suffer the same fate”.

Several investment companies have been shut down in the Davao region following President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on dubious investment schemes.

After the closure of the investment firms, at least seven killings in Tagum were reported in August alone. CBCPNEWS