Police: Two ‘stolen’ chalices found at Pahugot shanty
Consolacion police are now looking for the owners of a gold and silver plated chalices believed to have been stolen by brothers Dominic and Ace Virgil Pahugot.
Supt. Mina Domingo, chief of the Consolacion Police Station, said they found the two chalices at the dirty kitchen of the shanty occupied by Dominic and his live-in-partner Lovely Jane Quino in Barangay Tayud, Sunday morning.
Police then shot Dominic, 27, who ran amuck and tried to attack responding policemen, shortly after he beheaded Quino, 24.
Domingo said in an interview with ABS-CBN that Dominic and Ace Virgil may have stolen the two chalices from one of the churches in Cebu since “itong magkapatid, activities nila ang magnakaw ng mga kagamitan sa simbahan.”
The mother of the Pahugot brothers, who asked not to be named, also told ABS-CBN that her sons have used the two chalices in their drinking sessions with friends.
She said that the brothers even pawned these chalices for drugs.
The brothers’ grandmother said on the same television interview that there have been instances that she warned Dominic and Ace Virgil against using the chalices.
“Igo lang ta makaingon og ambot diin na niya kay wala man sad ta makakita nga gikawat,” she said.
Fr. Arthur Manalo, assistant parish priest of the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City, said chalices are considered as sacred because these are used in Eucharistic celebrations.
Chalices that have been used for other purposes can no longer be used in masses and should already be kept at the church museum, he told ABS–CBN.
Subscribe to our regional newsletter
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.