Fr. Francis is assigned as co-pastor of Fr. Gerardo Gudmalin, SVD in Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Mission in Lubuagan, Kalinga, which is under the Vicariate of Tabuk.
The initial report of our Superior General, Fr. Tony Pernia, SVD states that “Fransiskus was already vested for the afternoon Mass at 17.30 (5:30 p.m.) when a man suddenly appeared before him and fired an M-16 armalite at him without any apparent motive. It seems that the attacker had personal problems and was wanted by the police. Our young confrere died immediately.”
The man who shot him was known to have a criminal record. The Province of Ende has been informed as well as the family of Fr. Francis.
We, his SVD confreres in Christ the King Mission Seminary strongly condemn the killing of Fr. Francis. We hope that the government would do something to give justice to our dead confrere whose only motive was to serve the people of Kalinga in his mission assignment.
Please include him and his murderer in your prayers…