» 12/29/2011, 00.00
Fr. Fausto Tentorio’s alleged assassin arrested
The Minister of Justice Leila de Lima said today that the men behind the killing of the priest in Mindanao, a man from Arakan, Ato Jimmy, and his brother Robert were arrested after a shootout.
Manila (AsiaNews) - The alleged murderer of Fr. Fausto Tentorio was arrested by the authorities in Minado, the Minister of Justice Leila de Lima announced today. In a message delivered to reporters, the Minister of Justice says that a man, Jimmy Ato, was arrested by agents of the regional office of the National Bureau of Investigation. (11/28/2011Mindanao: instigator in Fr Tentorio murder still unknown
De Lima said that Jimmy and his brother, Robert, opened fire on the agents who arrested the suspect. "Fortunately, nobody was injured. The officers immediately immobilized the subject to avoid any further acts of resistance. " It is unclear when the arrest was made.
Fr. Fausto Tentorio was killed by a lone killer inside the residence of the parish of the Mother of Perpetual Help in Arakan, north Cotabato, Mindanao October 17 last. He is the third PIME priest to be killed in the Philippines. The two priests who were killed earlier were Fr. Tullio Favali and Fr. Salvatore Carzedda, killed in 1985 and 1992.
Jimmy was accused of killing Fr. Tentorio by some witnesses, present at the murder scene. The same witness said that his brother, Robert, was driving the motorcycle on which the murderer fled immediately after the crime. Jimmy was arrested under a warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 13 in Cotabato City for destructive arson with homicide. Meanwhile elements of the 57th Battalion were deployed in the area, and checkpoints installed "to prevent any possible retaliation on the families of local witnesses."
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Robert Ato is under the protection of a local politician Arakan Valley (Mindanao). His brother Jimmy is the alleged murderer is in jail, but has not yet confessed. For the PIME regional superior no local missionary knows the two suspects.
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