Jolo vicariate warns against fake solicitation

Jolo vicariate warns against fake solicitation

The Jolo Cathedral was bombed last Jan 27, killing 23 people and scores were injured. ACN PHILIPPINES

By Rommel Lopez

March 12, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic official is warning the public against a scammer spreading “solicitation letter” online supposedly coming from the Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo, which is still reeling from the deadly terror attack in January.

Jolo Apostolic Administrator Fr. Romeo Saniel, OMI, clarified that they have not initiated any fund raising for the repair of their cathedral and the medical bills of the blast victims.

He warned the public against a certain Victor Torres, who introduces himself as priest and asking people for donations.

“Please be informed that we have nothing to do with this person who is soliciting funds for the victims of Jolo Cathedral,” Saniel said.

The Jolo cathedral was bombed last Jan. 27 as around a hundred people were hearing Sunday Mass. The twin bombing claimed at least 23 lives and scores were injured.

The online letter reads as follows:

Hello, 


How are you? We’re soliciting for funds (donations) for The Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Jolo, Philippines that suffered an ISIS terrorist attack on the 20th of January being Sunday as the Roman Catholic faithfuls gathered to worship, leaving twenty worshipers dead at the spot and many others with life threatening injuries needing immediate surgeries. The total estimated cost for the church repair and medical expenses is $45,000 with $8000 raised leaving $37,000 as balance. If you’re touched to help relieve our brethren and help repair the house of God that has been left deteriorated. Please notify me so i can give you details of where to donate.

May God Bless, protect and guide you always!

Inori no uchini,

Fr. Torres

A check with the Catholic Directory of the Philippines does not list Torres as priest incardinated to any diocese or to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the congregation doing missionary work in Jolo since 1939.