The murder of Fr. Fausto Tentorio PIME

October 20, 2011

Columban Fr. Patrick O’Donoghue provided the following information about the murder of Fr. Fausto Tentorio PIME:

Fr. Fausto Tentorio PIME

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the murder of yet another missionary here in the Philippines. Fr. Fausto Tentorio PIME who had served in Mindanao for many years and was working with the Indigenous Peoples and farmers of Arakan Valley was brutally murdered Monday morning as he was about to get into his vehicle to drive to Kidapawan City (seat of the diocese) for a meeting. He had survived another attempt on his life Oct. 7, 2003, and it seemed that he had received death threats in the past two years. He was 59 years old. He is the the third PIME to have given his life as a missionary in Mindanao. Fr. Tulio Favale was murdered in April 1985 in North Cotabato in a very brutal manner, and Fr. Salvatore Carzedda was killed in an ambush in Zamboanga City in 1992.

It seems that as Fr. Fausto was about to get into his vehicle, a gunman walked up to him and shot him eight times and then left on a motorcycle. As you can imagine, his death has shocked everyone, particularly so in the manner in which it was done in broad daylight. He will be sorely and sadly missed most especially by those whom he served so wholeheartedly and selflessly. I have already conveyed our condolences to the PIME Regional Superior and to the Bishop Romulo de la Cruz, the bishop of Kidapawan.