Suspects Destroy the Statue of Mama Mary in a Grotto in Ilocos Norte

There are a lot of religions in the Philippines. But even if there are different religions in the country, each of them has their own beliefs and customs being followed by the members.

Filipinos are known for being religious. One of the biggest religions in the Philippines is Roman Catholic. With about 1.21 million Filipinos who are baptized into the Catholic Church, it is no wonder why there are a lot of people who believe in the sanctity of statues found in the churches.

No Respect

Just recently, people found the statue of Mama Mary smashed, with its pieces lying on the ground. Unknown assailants broke the statue which is placed in a grotto in Solsona, Ilocos Norte.

The said statue was built by Konsehal Bobby Sacro in 2014 after he saw the image of Mama Mary in Solsona-Apayao Road in one of his dreams. Sacro described the suspects as people with no respect.

Bilang Katoliko, dismayado ako. Nanghihina akong nakikita ko ito. Ako na mismo ang humihingi ng tawad sa Diyos sa nangyari kay Mama Mary.

[Image Credit Robert dela Cruz via ABS-CBN News]
[Image Credit Robert dela Cruz via ABS-CBN News]

Church’s Response

The Catholic Church is also disappointed after learning about the incident. According to Monsignor Joey Ranjo, the spokesperson of the Diocese of Laoag, not giving respect to anything with the church’s blessing is considered a sin.

Ang paniniwala ng mga Katoliko na kahit kahoy, semento, anumang klase, puwede pa ring gamitin ng Diyos na instrument ito na i-relay o ipakita ang pagmamahal niya sa atin.

The Catholic Church is also asking for respect since every religion in the country have their own beliefs.

Kung hindi mo alam respetuhin ang mga ganitong bagay, papaano mo rerespetuhin ang ibang tao.

[Image Credit Robert dela Cruz via ABS-CBN News]
[Image Credit Robert dela Cruz via ABS-CBN News]
Police departments are currently investigating who are the people behind the incident. They are speculating that guests visiting the area decided to play with the statue and broke it accidentally.