SOLVE marital rifts through prayer, and not with violence.

This was the advice Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma gave all married couples, following the case of Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel of Bien Unido, Bohol and her husband, Bohol Provincial Board (PB) Member Niño Rey Boniel.

“We are all consistent in our teachings about love and care for the family, but there are circumstances that are beyond human efforts. We lament their unfortunate fate. We pray more positively that families will draw closer to the Lord and ask for guidance,” the archbishop told reporters last week.

Palma also joined the call for justice for Gisela, who was allegedly shot by her husband before she was dumped in the waters off Caubian Island in Lapu-Lapu City before daybreak last June 7.

PB Member Boniel, however, said in his counter-affidavit this week that he believes his wife is still alive, but may be hiding from creditors, to whom she owes “millions.”

Archbishop Palma said he was saddened by how the Boniels’ alleged marital difficulties, which reportedly stemmed from financial woes and jealousy, ended bitterly for the two.