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[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: Drenched in God’s blood

Jun 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte’s persistent attacks against the Catholic Church, even after these killings, leave us with only one thought: that beyond his insensitivity, he is out to silence an institution that has now become his fierce critic

More Catholics outraged by killings of priests

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:35 AM

'Let us not stop making noise until our cry for justice and truth is heard. Let the killings stop!' says Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco after the recent murder of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo.

SLAIN PRIEST. Father Richmond Nilo is the 3rd Filipino priest to be killed in less than 7 months. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Slain Catholic priests remembered on Father's Day 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - 11:57 AM

'Ipanalangin natin ang mga pari, na nagsisilbi ring ama sa kanilang mga parokya at Simbahan, na biktima na rin ng mga karumal-dumal na pagpatay,' says Senator Leila de Lima on Father's Day 2018

'STOP THE KILLINGS.' Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) led a lightning protest to urge the government for an immediate resolution of the killing of Fr. Richmund Nilo and other victims of murder. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate to investigate killings of priests

Jun 13, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution urging the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs to probe the killings of priests amid President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church

Malacañang condemns killings of priests

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:45 AM

'We join the Catholic bishops and faithful in condemning the murder of Catholic priests,' says Malacañang, but remains mum on calls for President Rodrigo Duterte to tone down verbal insults against the Church that may embolden more attacks

Blood stains the floor of Nuestra Senora de la Nieve chapel in Barangay Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija where Catholic priest Richmond Nilo was shot to death as he was preparing for mass on Sunday, June 10, 2018.   Central Luzon regional director Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus told Rappler a CCTV footage captured a man stoop beside the windows of the chapel and shot the priest instantaneously before escaping with his company on a motorcycle.   (2nd photo shows the window where the gunman aimed to shoot the priest). Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Father Richmond Nilo was trailed before being shot

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:36 AM

From an adjacent barangay, Father Richmond Nilo was followed by a vehicle until the priest reached Nuestra Senora de las Nieve chapel in Barangay Mayamot where he was later shot, Central Luzon police say

TRAILED. Priest killed in Cabanatuan was followed before he was shot. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Murder charges filed vs alleged gunman of Fr Ventura – PNP

Jun 03, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde says the alleged gunman of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was identified as a certain Arthymus Reynon

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

Fr Mark Ventura's bishop hits 'unfounded rumors' on his murder

May 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg speaks up after President Rodrigo Duterte claims Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was killed because of his illicit affairs

SLAIN PRIEST. Father Mark Ventura, who was shot dead by riding-in-tandem assailants, is the second priest killed in 4 months. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

Cagayan police launch manhunt for two persons of interest in Fr Ventura killing

May 08, 2018 - 11:15 PM

Senior Superintendent Warren Tolito, police chief of PNP-Cagayan Valley, said they have identified these persons based on the earlier released computerized facial composite of the gunman

Police release the computerized facial composite of the motorcycle driver (left) and the gunman (right) in the killing of Fr. Mark Ventura. Photo by Raymon Dullana

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May 08, 2018 - 11:47 AM

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Malacañang vows justice for slain priest, radio broadcaster

May 03, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'We will investigate that and punish the murderers,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, referring to the cases of priest Mark Ventura and radio broadcaster Edmund Sestoso

Family of Fr Mark Ventura, PNP offer cash reward for info on his killers

May 03, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Fr. Ventura's family and the Cagayan Valley regional police have raised a P300,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest of his killers

COMPOSITE. The PNP releases the facial composite of one of the suspects in th killing of Fr. Mark Ventura. Photos by Raymond Dullana and Paul Lopez

Cardinal Tagle calls for tolling of bells amid Fr Ventura's death

May 02, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'The bells haunt the perpetrators of violence and killing to remember their victims, never to forget them,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle after the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura

BLESSING OF FIRE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of fire at the Easter Vigil rites on March 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle hits murder of Cagayan's Fr Mark Ventura

May 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'Stop killing our prophets!' Carmelite priests say in a separate statement on the murder of 37-year-old Father Mark Ventura in Cagayan

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the ordination of a new bishop, Monsignor Bartolome Santos, at the Malolos Cathedral. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Task force formed to solve killing of Cagayan priest

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:50 PM

'I have ordered my men to conduct [a] thorough investigation for the possible identification and apprehension of suspects the soonest possible time,' says Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino

Photo courtesy of Paul Lopez

CBCP condemns murder of Cagayan priest Mark Ventura

Apr 29, 2018 - 4:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines calls on government 'to act swiftly' against 37-year-old Father Mark Ventura's murderers

YOUNG PRIEST. Father Mark Ventura, a 37-year-old priest in Cagayan, is shot dead by still unidentified killers on April 29, 2018. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Priest shot dead after Sunday Mass in Cagayan

Apr 29, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Father Mark Ventura, 37, is killed by unidentified assailants as he is blessing children and talking to choir members after Sunday Mass in Gattaran, Cagayan

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

TIMELINE: Death of Horacio Castillo III from alleged Aegis Juris hazing

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:06 PM

(UPDATED) A recap of the case of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III, a freshman UST law student who died from alleged hazing injuries inflicted by Aegis Juris Fraternity members

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Nov 06, 2017 - 9:21 PM

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Senators ask Aegis Juris fratman: Are you a Trojan horse?

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Fraternity member Mark Ventura vows to tell the truth about the initiation rites that led to the death of Horacio Castillo III

TROJAN HORSE? Senator Panfilo Lacson speaks to reporters after the 3rd Senate committee hearing on the hazing of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

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Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Aegis Juris fratman, Cayetano, Jack Ma | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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Aegis Juris fratman turns state witness, tells all

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mark Ventura tells investigators that when the fratmen at the initiation rites saw Atio Castillo move after he collapsed, they paddled him again

STATE WITNESS. Mark Ventura (middle) signs the document on his admission into the Witness Protection Program in connection to the case of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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Solano names fratmen he saw the morning Atio Castillo was killed

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) John Paul Solano identifies 6 Aegis Juris fratmen and one non-member, Romeo Laboga, the family driver of Ralph Trangia

UNCENSORED. John Paul Solano recounts his involvement in the death of Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler