Armed man shot dead inside Cebu Archbishop’s residence

MANILA — The Archdiocese of Cebu on Tuesday confirmed reports that a man was shot dead inside the compound after he refused to leave the premises.

In a statement, Msgr. Joseph Tan, Cebu archdiocesan media liaison officer, said that the unidentified man was asking to see Archbishop Jose Palma, who is still in Manila, where he attended the recently-concluded 117th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“We wish to inform the public that an incident took place in the archbishop’s residence this morning resulting in the death of an unidentified person wanting to see the archbishop which is in Manila. Police was called after the man refused to leave,” he said.

“The official police report will disclose the details pending investigation,” the Catholic priest added.

With this, Tan noted that they have not received any threat to the head of the Cebu archdiocese.

“There is no known prior threat to the Archbishop of Cebu,” he said.

At the same time, the official of the archdiocese urged the faithful to pray for peace to be restored.

“We call for prayer that peace may be restored,” Tan said.

It was reported that the suspect, Jeffrey Cañedo, 41, of Barangay Labangon, Cebu City, who was wearing a bonnet with his face covered, stopped at the guardhouse inside the archdiocese’s compound at 11 a.m., requesting to meet Palma.

He was identified by authorities based on his driver’s license.