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Man Crashes Tricycle into Church, Desecrates Sacred Images

Man Crashes Tricycle into Church

A disturbing incident unfolded during a Holy Mass at San Isidro Parish Church in Binalbagan town, Negros Occidental, on April 3, 2024, when a man crashes his tricycle into the church. Here are some details according to the report of GMA Regional TV News.

The Incident

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As worshippers gathered for the early morning service, the tricycle careened through the church doors, smashing into pews and ultimately colliding with the altar. In a shocking turn, the man then proceeded to target the sacred images adorning the sanctuary, forcefully knocking them down. Among the shattered relics was the revered image of the church’s patron saint.

Law enforcement swiftly intervened, apprehending the perpetrator at the scene. Lieutenant Glen Portunes, deputy chief of police of Binalbagan Municipal Police Station, recounted the assailant’s frenzied actions. He stated that he heard voices compelling him to desecrate the holy images, including that of Jesus Christ.

Fr. Leopoldo Cahilig, the presiding priest, expressed his disbelief and dismay at the sacrilegious act. “He destroyed the image of Christ beside the altar. I was left speechless,” Fr. Cahilig lamented.

The Diocese of Kabankalan issued an official statement condemning the desecration, emphasizing the emotional anguish inflicted upon parishioners. The shattered images, including those of Saint Joseph, San Isidro Labrador, the Immaculate Conception, two angels, and the Crucifix, bore testament to the severity of the vandalism.

Community Response

In response to the incident, the Local Government Unit of Binalbagan pledged to prevent similar occurrences in the future. The suspect remains detained at the Binalbagan Police Station. Authorities there are preparing charges of malicious mischief or alarm and scandal in collaboration with the church.

As the community grapples with the repercussions of the desecration, San Isidro Parish Church has temporarily closed its doors to facilitate restoration efforts on the damaged images. While physical repairs are underway, the emotional healing of the faithful remains a paramount concern for the church. Its supporters are also deeply involved in addressing this aspect.

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