April 27, 2012
A pastor of a Philippines church was shot dead in Quezon City by two unknown gunmen in front of his teenage daughter on Wednesday night, ASSIST News Service reports. Wilfredo Germidia, pastor of a local Born Again Christian Church, was shot five times in the head as he was getting off his motorcycle to deliver newspapers along Payatas Road. Germidia's relatives said he had "no enemies" and had been a "model family man;" no motive for the shooting is known at this time. The Philippines has seen a growing number of gruesome murders of Christian pastors, most unresolved by the government. The country also has the highest number of Christian converts in the Southeast Asia region, due to the church's aggressiveness in Bible studies, campus evangelism and soul-winning programs.