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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
CEBU CITY – Fourteen people, mostly high school students, were reportedly driven temporarily mad after being possessed by evil spirits in Barangay Jaclupan, Talisay City Tuesday morning.
This happened after 17 students of the Jaclupan National High School suffered the same fate a day earlier.
A Catholic priest known for his ability to cast out demons was sent to the school to perform exorcism rites.
The school’s principal also sought the help of the Department of Education (DepEd).
An official of the Department of Health said the agency plans to send government psychologists to conduct stress debriefing on the affected students.
At 7 a.m. Tuesday, students were forced to evacuate the school after another series of alleged possessions occurred there.
Maria Imelda Valde, school principal, told reporters that close to ten students were possessed after they prayed the rosary before the start of class.
Valde said that despite what happened a day earlier, she didn’t suspend classes in their school on Tuesday in order to keep things normal in the campus.
But she didn’t expect the incident to be repeated.
By the time Valde suspended classes, almost 10 students and one parent had been reportedly possessed by demons.
A mother of one of the school’s students began acting strangely after she attempted to get her daughter out of the school.
A teacher, who refused to name herself, said majority of the students who were possessed were reportedly driven mad by a mysterious voice calling out to them.
“Magsige kuno og hunghong nila nga ‘adto na ta’ (The voice told them, ‘Come with us),” the teacher said.
But before the incident, two sisters ages 25 and 16 were reportedly brought to the Mary’s Little Children Community in Barangay Tabunok, in the same city, after suffering the same episode.
Due to what had happened, Monsignor Frederick Kriekenbeck visited the school at 11 a.m. and said a mass.
Kriekenbeck also performed a rite of deliverance to cleanse the school and its students from whatever evil spirits that plagued them.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Kriekenbeck told reporters that contrary to reports, the trees growing around the area are not the source of the demonic possessions in the school.
“Wala gyuy sala ang mga kahoy, kay hinimo man siya sa Ginoo (The trees have nothing to do with it because they are God’s creations),” he said.
But he blamed the failure of the community, especially the students, in professing their faith, such as their failure to attend mass every Sunday.
He also reminded the students not to dabble in the occult and superstitious beliefs as malignant spirits would take advantage of such practices.
After the mass, another student reportedly got possessed outside the school.
The female student was reportedly rushing toward the school to attend the mass when she suddenly collapsed and started screaming.
When the girl was brought in, Kriekenbeck performed the rite of exorcism on her.
Valde said that due to the incident, she sought the intervention of the DepEd Talisay City Division.
In a TV Patrol Central Visayas report Tuesday, Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas Director Asuncion Anden said that once they receive the report from DepEd, they will send a team of psychologists to the area to conduct stress debriefing on the students.
Last Monday, 17 students of the same school were brought to a church after they show signs of being possessed.
Teachers of the school said the possessions started during an all-night seminar over the weekend.
They believed the possessions started when three “bagalnga” trees were cut down to make way for the construction of a classroom for the fourth year class. (JKV of Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 10, 2012.