Catbalogan offers a
‘healing’ mass for the victims of the hostage drama
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN, Samar – Catbalogan
local government officials offered a ‘healing mass’ at the San
Bartolome Parish Church yesterday afternoon as their flag flies
half-mast in reverence to those who perished during that fateful
hostage drama crisis in Manila.
Fr. Pines Tabones who
celebrated the mass sought the parishioners help in praying hard for
the victims and their families.
He added that times
are hard and we need extra efforts to pray so that people who have
lost hope maybe inspired and not to resort to desperate actions.
Tabones also reminded
the faithful to be “responsible for their actions”.
Madames Ybeth Velasco
of the Mayor’s Office said she had goose bumps as she lighted her
candle in memory of those who died in the hostage drama.
Ms. Ruby Robosura of
the Accounting Department of the LGU led a prayer for the faithful
departed especially those who died as an aftermath of the hostage
A special prayer was
also offered for ‘healing’ the relationship of the two countries
strained by the pains of the death of Hongkong nationals.
The hostage drama was
about a sacked PNP member who wanted an audience with his officers to
review his case but something went wrong somewhere that resulted to
his death and also at least five Hongkong tourist nationals who were
on board the ill fated bus.
The offered mass and
special prayers were meant to unite with those in Manila who offered a
prayer rally for the very same purpose according to Vice-Mayor Art
Gabon and Councilor Stephany Tan.
Those who attended
the mass offered candles and silent prayers for the physical and
emotional healing of those hurt deeply in the incident. (PIA-Samar)