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Divine Word Community In The North Looks For Missing Seminarian

ICC Note: While there has been no determination of the reason for this seminarian’s disappearance, a string of similar incidents over the last few months have been religiously motivated.

7/28/07 Philippines (UCAN) — Classmates have been distributing pictures and flyers of a seminarian since he went missing in a northern city on July 23 afternoon.

Father Wilfredo Saniel, rector of Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City , told UCA News on July 27 that 34-year-old seminarian Eliseo Cadivin was last seen at Olivares Plaza , just one kilometer from the seminary.

Father Saniel said Cadivin’s fellow students have since distributed flyers to “different police stations in Tagaytay,” its surrounding municipalities and all its entry and exit points. Tagaytay is in Cavite province, 55 kilometers southeast of Manila .

According to the priest, Cadivin went to Olivares Plaza to claim a money transfer of 1,500 pesos (US$33), a belated birthday gift from his family, and to “update the community funds of the seminarians” in a bank before he turns over his position as treasurer this school year. “But this does not involve money, (he was) just updating the account,” the rector emphasized…

The seminary has released no statement since “we don’t really have the facts,” he said. “We just know he is missing and this is a person who has no reason to go away from the seminary because he was just on a short errand.”

However, the priest noted, Olivares Plaza has bus, jeep and tricycle terminals and is known for “petty crimes” such as snatching and pickpocketing.

He said the seminary is now “contacting the right authorities” and wishes to meet with Tagaytay City Mayor Francis Tolentino so that police will give “priority” to the case. “It’s such an effort to look for these (missing) persons if not for the influence of higher authority,” he commented….