Mindanao prelate slams Maute group destruction of church in Marawi City

MANILA-- A Mindanao-based Catholic prelate condemned the damages caused to a cathedral and the destruction of religious images by the Maute group in Marawi City.

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela PeAa said that burning the church and smashing statues of the crucified Jesus Christ, Saint Joseph and Virgin Mary are unacceptable.

That is blasphemy! It's unacceptable. It's obvious that their actions are really out of this world. It's demonic, he said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website.

We are angered by what happened. Our faith has really been trampled on, the Catholic prelate added.

He was reacting on the video showing armed men going on a rampage inside the St. Mary's Cathedral in the said city, posted on Monday on the Facebook page, Duterte Ang Pagbabago.

In the video, members of the terror group were seen destroying religious images also tearing up posters of Pope Francis.

Dela PeAa noted that they did not think that the attack on St. Mary's Cathedral will happen, although they received information that the terrorist group was planning to destroy and burn the church even before the conflict Marawi City started.

But we didn't take it seriously because for us it was unthinkable that it's going to happen in Marawi City, he said.

The ongoing clashes between government troops and the Maute group has killed over 100 people and injured many others.

Source: Philippines News Agency