Chief Inspector Benjamin Rioflorido said the Rev. Fausto Tentorio was about to board his car Monday in North Cotabato province’s mountainous Arakan township when a gunman shot him several times within the church compound.
Tentorio was pronounced dead on arrival in a nearby hospital.
Rioflorido says a witness has said the gunman ran from the scene then fled on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice.
Rioflorido, the town’s police chief, says investigators have not yet identified suspects or possible motives. He says Tentorio had been a longtime parish priest of Arakan, spoke the dialect fluently and had good ties with the people there.