|Philippines||CHURCH OFFICIALS CALL FOR VIGILANCE AS PRIEST KILLER'S PARDON RECALLED|
The bishop of a slain priest's diocese has thanked Philippine President Joseph Estrada for canceling the pardon of the priest's killer but warns of an 'apparent resurgence of vigilante groups'.
Bishop Romulo Valles of Kidapawan, 940 km southeast of Manila, told UCA News he wrote to thank Estrada and Philippine senators who investigated the pardon of Norberto Manero.
Now the diocese must keep watch against the possible resurgence of vigilante groups, two of which have been reported active again, Bishop Valles said on Tuesday. Manero was convicted with several others of the 1985 murder of Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions Father Tullio Favali. He was among 500 prisoners pardoned on 28 December.