Missionary who disappeared in Mindanao is alive and well
by Santosh Digal
ICC Note: Here is some resolution to the missing priest in the Philippines .
1/15/07 Philippines For full story go to
(AsiaNews) The Catholic missionary who disappeared last December
Fr Lucio Bola, 46, who is employed by the Scalabrinian seminary in the
Emanos statement offers some hope that there may be a positive outcome after all to the mystery that has seen local authorities and the Catholic Church involved in fruitless search so far.
The mayor is almost certain that he knows where the clergyman is based on information from sources he has refused so far to discuss.
Cagayan de Oros first citizen explained that the last contact with the missionary dates back only a few days, i.e. after his disappearance. In fact, he phoned the Scalabrinian seminary in Cebu (
Initially police and the diocese of Cagayan de Oro speculated that he might have been abducted. Then rumours began saying that the priest might have joined the rebels in Misamis Oriental, a Communist rebel stronghold.
Mayor Emano, who has close ties to the missionarys family, has suggested looking into the background of the Bola family as a possible lead.
Fr Lucios brother was murdered in 1980 suspected of being a member of the Communist movement.