After armed 'visitor,' Cebu archbishop sees no need for personal security

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2018 05:03 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2018 05:16 PM

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. ABS-CBN News File Photo

CEBU CITY - Archbishop Jose Palma sees no need for any personal security detail, saying he has not received any threats.

This, even after an encounter occurred between police and an armed man identified as Jeffrey Cañedo Tuesday at the Church leader's residence. 

Speaking to ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, Palma said he personally feels that he does not need private security but noted that he leaves the assessment to authorities.

"Let's give them the chance to assess muna the situation. If they feel there is a need for it, okay lang, I can understand. Pero on a personal note, I don't think it is necessary," he said.

The Church leader also noted that he would have wanted to speak with the man who was looking for him if he was given the opportunity.

"People should become more aware of the value and dignity of life," he said.

"And of course, the need to be cautious and if there is really a way to avoid harming each other, especially worse killing each other. There should be a Christian way," he added.

Cañedo went to the Archbishop's Palace past 10 a.m. Tuesday to speak to Palma who was then out of town.

Staff members of the archdiocese told Cañedo that Palma was not around and offered the man to speak to other priests instead.

However, Cañedo insisted for the prelate, which prompted the staff to alert police. A gun was also seen tucked in his waistband.

Cops urged Cañedo to surrender, but the latter refused, leading to a shootout.