Priest shot dead in Nueva Ecija

Priest shot dead in Nueva Ecija

Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez

MANILA— A Catholic priest was gunned down by unidentified men in Jaen, Nueva Ecjia on Monday evening.

Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez, a priest of the Diocese of San Jose, was shot while driving his vehicle at around 8pm.

The 72-year-old priest was immediately rushed to the Gonzales General Hospital in the nearby town of San Leonardo but he succumbed to two bullet wounds on his body at around 10pm.

Paez was a former parish priest of in Guimba town and currently the coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Central Luzon.

In the 1980s, he was also a leader of the Central Luzon Alliance for a Sovereign Philippines, which campaigned for the removal of the US military bases in Central Luzon and other parts of the country.

He was also known to lead church service for communities and victims of human rights violations in Nueva Ecija and Central Luzon.

Earlier in the day, Paez assisted in facilitating the release of political prisoner Rommel Tucay who was detained at a hail in Cabanatuan City.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killing. CBCPNews