Manhunt on for suspects in foiled burning of Catholic chapel

Police and fire officials here have launched a manhunt against men who tried to set on fire a Catholic chapel in Barangay Labo-Labo here on Friday night.

Fire Officer 1 Alonto Blaim, Shariff Aguak fire marshall, said local police and fire personnel have the lead that could eventually identify and arrest the suspects who set on fire the San Isidro de Labrador chapel at around 9 p.m.

Blaim said the timely arrival of the fire truck and fire fighters prevented the total burning of the chapel.

Quoting witnesses near the chapel, unidentified suspects poured gasoline at the San Isidro Labrador chapel’s altar and religious articles and statues.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack on the small worship place situated beside the national highway.

Responding fire officers put off the fire 30 minutes later. Blaim said a portion of the chapel’s wall was forcibly opened and used as entry point of the suspects. (Edwin Fernandez/PNA)