Shocking Church Attack: Ancient Relics Stolen

"I never expect our church would be burglarized, having someone sleeping nightly in the sacristy, at the back of the main altar."

This was the statement of the parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Parish here during the program, "Ang Katilingban sa Kinatibuk-an" over radio station DYZD in Ubay recently.

Said program, aired daily except Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m. is sponsored by the Talibon Social Action.

Early Friday morning last week, while about to say the Holy Mass, Rev. Fr. Raymund Estillore and the parishioners noticed that both side altars were already empty.

Lost at the left-wing altar were the icons of Sta. Monica and St. Agustin, mother and son, respectively, said Fr. Estillore. Also nowhere at the right side were the images of Sta. Rita and St. Nicolas de Tolentino. All were believed taken by unidentified perpetrators.

Later, the footholds of the stolen saints were recovered outside the church.

Fr. Estillore further said that the missing items were not made of ivory but carved out of antique wood.

The parish priest added that there were thunderstorms the night before when the person sleeping in the said sacristy heard unusual sounds like a falling lumber. - Bohol Chronicle - 2004 News Archive