Priest shot by riding-in-tandem gunmen in Calamba

Rambo Talabong
Priest shot by riding-in-tandem gunmen in Calamba
Reverend Rey Urmeneta is in stable condition, police say

MANILA, Philippines – A 64-year-old priest was shot by unidentified men in Calamba City, Laguna, on Tuesday morning, June 6.

According to an initial police report obtained by Rappler, Reverend Rey Urmeneta was gunned down in Barangay 3 in Calamba City while he was with his secretary.

Police said the two unidentified suspects shot the priest in the left upper back and left arm, then fled to an “unknown direction” onboard a motorcycle.

Urmeneta was brought to a hospital and currently in stable condition, cops said.

According to Calamba police chief Senior Superintendent Rossel Cejas, Urmeneta used to be a priest for the Philippine National Police, leading mass and prayers for operations.

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.