Loboc priest dead in apparent suicide

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Loboc priest dead in apparent suicide

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A priest was found lifeless inside his convent living quarter’s restroom after an apparent suicide in Loboc at 7pm yesterday.

Police identified the priest as Rev. Fr. Marcelino Biliran, 56, curate of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in the said town.

Based on the initial investigation of the Loboc police, Biliran entered the restroom but other convent residents became suspicious when the priest did not come out when he was asked to join them for dinner.

Workers of the said convent decided to forcibly open the bathroom door and discovered the lifeless body of Biliran who apparently killed himself using an extension wire.

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The authorities said that there were no indications of foul play and that the incident could likely be a suicide.

For his part, the parish’s secretary Tony Budiongan said that Biliran was suffering from colon cancer and underwent an operation for the disease last year, prompting the police to consider the revelation as among the possible reasons behind the apparent suicide.

The dead body of the priest was transported to the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Tagbilaran City.

Church officials have yet to release a statement regarding the incident. (with reports from Allen Doydora)

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