Unsuccessful search for missing missionary in Mindanao
Cagayan De Oro (AsiaNews) – The search for a Catholic missionary gone missing on December
Fr Lucio Bola, 46, works at the Scalabrinian Seminary in Pardo village in Talisay,
Searches have been underway ever since but with no results so far.
Cagayan De Oro Mayor Vicente Emano said that he had the names of people who might be behind the priest’s disappearance, whom he considers a very likely kidnapping victim, but added that “they would be released only after they are checked out”.
Local media are suggesting that it might take a month before anyone can know Fr Bola’s whereabouts and the identity of those who are holding him.
The press has also reported that the missionary was involved in an argument with a drug dealer, a certain Eric Akyatan, a resident of Balingasag, who is being investigated by the Misamis Oriental police.
Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno announced the creation of an inter-agency team and is looking into the possibility of setting up a "National Watch" to look for Fr Bola.
The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is also involved in the search of the missing missionary in conjunction with some Scalabrinian fathers whop have come from Cebu City for the emergency, this according to Mgr Elmer Abacahin, spokesman for the archdiocese.