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Dumaguete City, Philippines Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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Inverted crosses, black paints
hit Dumaguete Catholic school
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Police investigators are looking deeper into acts of vandalism inside the campus of a Catholic university in Dumaguete City even as regular classes resumed yesterday.

The St. Paul University-Dumaguete administration, however, continues to decline requests from the media for comment on the activity, allowing police investigation to progress without interruption, University External Affairs director, Raffy Duhaylungsod, said.

Duhaylungsod confirmed that classes were suspended Friday following the discovery of the vandalism acts spread across the campus.

Pictures that were shared on Facebook showed some inverted crosses painted in black plastered on windowpanes and even at the university chapel, the word “yawa” (Cebuano for the devil) on a tiled floor and at the chapel, the word “corrupt” on a wall, and “walay mahimo dangag man (can't do anything; clumsy), among others.

Also, other pictures shared on social media include that of a bed splattered with black paint, an inverted black cross that was imprinted on the dresser mirror, and more dark paint spattered on a toilet bowl.

One phrase was painted on a low wall that said “you only need our pesos”, and another which read, “you don't give a f*** (swear word), giving weight to suspicions that the dastardly acts were done by someone or some people who had an axe to grind against the university administration.

Students, alumni and other individuals sympathetic to SPUD have condemned the acts on Facebook.

The incident comes as SPUD is gearing for the installation of its new president, Sr. Joseline Lasala, on August 30.

Duhaylungsod said Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes and about 25 priests are expected to concelebrate in the mass.*JFP

 

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