Human rights priest killed in ambush, 2 others wounded in Northern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 7, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine National Police in Region 8 is now making a thorough
investigation on the ambush killing in the morning of September 6, of Rev. Fr. Cecilio Pelito Lucero, the Parish Priest of Catubig,
Fr. Lucero together
with two companions, was on board his brown Toyota super custom van
going to the direction of the Capital town Catarman, when about 30
unidentified men wearing bonnets and armed with high-power arms
ambushed them at the National Highway, near the cemetery of Barangay
Layuhan, San Jose town, spot report of Northern Samar PNP, furnished
by the PNP Regional Office 8 through a request to PRO 8 Director Mario
San Diego, stated.
Fr. Lucero, 48,
younger brother of former Northern Samar Representative Wilmar Lucero,
and Northern Samar Vice Governor Antonio Lucero, sustained multiple
gunshot wounds in the body and in the head causing his instantaneous
Fr. Lucero who is a
well known human rights advocate, being the chairman of the Human
Rights Desk-Social Action Center of the Diocese of Catarman, was
brought to a hospital where he was pronounced dead and was autopsied
by the doctors. His remains now lie in state at the Catarman
His companion, a
civilian identified as Isidro Miras, sustained gunshot wounds in the
body and in the head. A public utility jeep passenger, Jose Aguda, 17,
of Rosario town also sustained a gunshot wound on his left foot. Both
victims were brought to the hospital for medical treatment.
Reports stated that
Police escort PO2 Bation managed to fire back at the attackers which prompted the
armed men to scamper in different directions.
Director, Police Senior Superintendent Mejos was reported to have
immediately responded by going to the crime scene together with the
operatives of the San Jose Police, to conduct police operations and
The PNP spot report
said that the attackers are at large and the motive has not been
established or remains unknown.
The PNP Northern Samar
spot report indicated that Fr. Lucero and his companions were from
Allen and on their way to Catarman when the incident happened.
Unconfirmed reports, however, said that Fr. Lucero came from Capul
Island and was on his way back to Catubig when the ambush occurred.
From Allen, a traveler
has to pass by the towns of Lavezares,
San Jose and Bobon before reaching Catarman. From Catarman, a
commuter has to pass by three municipalities before reaching the
interior town of Catubig, 66.7km away from Catarman.