Ilonggo Catholics can join Pope Francis in Tacloban 

15 Jan

“Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.” Pope Francis

By Alex P. Vidal

TO erase doubts, Senior Police Officer 1 Nerio “Rick” Salcedo III, son of Sara Mayor Neptali Salcedo, should report to his unit in the Regional Headquarters Support Group of the Police Regional Office 6 in Camp Delgado, Iloilo City and submit himself for investigation.

Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas, Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director, doubted SP01 Salcedo III’s claim that the death of his live-in partner, 23-year-old Aiko Sandoval, last January 10 was accidental.

According to SP01 Salcedo III’s version, Sandoval was taking a bath inside their room when the Glock pistol fell as she reached out for the towel where the gun was placed.

The gun went off hitting Sandoval with a single bullet on the face that pierced through her neck.

She died at the Sara District Hospital.

Salinas did not buy the story.

Citing autopsy report conducted by Dr. Own Lebaquin, Salinas said the entry of bullet should have been below, not above.

Only Salcedo III and Sandoval were present when the “accidental firing” happened. A dead woman tells no tale.

As usual, Salcedo III is still presumed innocent until proven otherwise.


SOME Ilonggo die-hard Catholics who want to get a closer look at the visiting Pope Francis have opted to go instead to Leyte where the 78-year-old Pontiff is scheduled to hold a Mass at the Tacloban airport on January 17.

Many of them have decided to scrap their plans earlier to join thousands of well wishers and faithful in Manila, where there is slim chance they can get a ringside view of the popular leader of the world’s 1.2 billion baptized Catholics at the Quirino Grandstand.

For Catholics infected by Papa mania coming from Mindanao and Visayas, the most logical and practical move is to go to Leyte instead of Manila.

The crowd would be chaotic as organizers expect some six millions faithful to welcome and attend in Pope Francis’ limited public appearances.

Pope Francis is a security risk, thus faithful should expect stringent measures to be applied by combined elements of the Swiss guards and local police security forces.

The stage where the Pope will hold Mass is designed by architect Dan Lichauco and was approved by the Vatican.


It is built with regular riggings and wrapped with sawali backdrop and nipa hut as wall.

A secondary stage was also built for a 250-person choir.

Catholics are the dominant religious faithful in the country.

Church counted 70,407,588 Filipino Catholics out of the country’s estimated population of 88.9 million in the 2011 data.

Records showed that there were around 1.21 million Filipinos that were baptized into the Catholic Church.

The number could rise with the coming of Pope Francis, who is viewed as a unifying figure among religious groups in the country.

The number of Filipino Catholics reached 76.18 million out of the country’s estimated population of 96.8 million in 2013.

The Catholic Directory also recorded 1.37 million baptisms since 2012.

The Archdiocese of Cebu had the most number of baptisms so far this year, with 90,036, data showed. The Archdiocese of Manila came in second, with 62,854 baptisms, followed by the Diocese of Masbate, with 55,770.

Welcome to the Philippines, Papa!

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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in RELIGION



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