‘Kidnapping foreign priests are more lucrative’

| October 14, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Kidnap-for-ransom groups prefer to target foreign priests because they have a higher value than their local counterparts, a Church official said today (Oct. 14).

Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan said foreign missionaries have the support of their congregation in the country, and even their embassies.

"When Filipino priests are kidnapped, they not ransomed but they are killed," Cruz said during a media forum in Greenhills, San Juan City.

The bishop was reacting to the case of Irish priest Fr. Michael Sinnott, who was kidnapped in Zamboanga del Sur province last Sunday.

Sinnott, 78, was taken at gunpoint by six men at the Columban House in Gatas District, Pagadian City.

Authorities said informants twice saw the victim and his captors wandering in a coastal area Monday. They were seen again Tuesday trekking in the mountainous hinterland near the coast.



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