German arrested for missing hearings, says he feels like Canadian in murder-suicide


CEBU CITY, Philippines — A German national who had been arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm was arrested again after he failed to appear in the hearings of his case.

The operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-7) arrested Pater Mai Kimmer, 49, past 3 p.m., Wednesday, at his rented house in D. Jakosalem Street in Barangay (village) Cogon-Ramos based on the warrant of arrest issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Lynna Adviento. The court issued the alias warrant after Kimmer failed to appear in court for the hearing of his case several times.

The court recommended P160,000 for Kimmer’s temporary release. Kimmer was also previously charged with illegal possession of dangerous drugs and carjacking.

Before he was arrested on Wednesday, Kimmer had gone to the office of the prosecutor handling his case to express sympathy for John Pope, a retired Canadian journalist who killed himself after he shot and killed two persons and seriously wounded another.

Pope, using an unlicensed firearm, shot lawyer Juvian Achas and his client, Doctor Rene Rafols, inside a court in the Palace of Justice last January 22. Rafols was the complainant in the malicious mischief charges against Pope.

Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Maria Theresa Casiño was also shot and wounded.

Inspector Delfin Bontuyan, leader of the team who arrested Kimmer, said the German reportedly said, “I sympathize with John Pope because I am experiencing the same fate.”

Kimmer’s words have caused fear among the prosecutors, especially the one handling his case, Bontuyan said.

According to Bontuyan, the prosecutor, whom he did not name for security reasons, has asked that he attend future hearings on Kimmer’s case.

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  • D L

    Not only most cebu girls are ugly, now cebu authorities decided to persecute foreigners?

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


    • Crazy_horse101010

      hey my wife is from cebu do i insult your wife

      • D L

        I have no idea why you have such association, I didn’t even assert “all girls”, if I were you, I wouldn’t take it on my own account, or you have any back thoughts about your decision? I just passed Cebu several times and it was my personal impression.

        What I meant with all those recent stories it appears everyone in Cebu even neighbours are trying to take advantage of foreigners living there, not like it used to be only the girl and her family (and traffic police if you have a car, not sure if the latter is the case in Cebu though, in Manila yes).

      • Crazy_horse101010

        ok  she and her sisters are pretty women but  maybe you didnt see them so peace no hard feelings they do go crazy in the papers here when a foreigner is involved/. it was headline news a american shop lifted 200 pisos of food in a store crime of the century. russian woman   hit some street kids that were mugging her she went to jail but no one pressed charges so she was freed. they have gangs of kids who terrorize foreigners and jeepney . take care

      • D L

        the phenomena is called xenophobia. somehow most such news are from cebu area in the meantime. i lived in other countries, if media frenzy continues and people are incited against foreigners, it may go worse up to the point foreigners will have no choice but to leave. with prices rising and people struggling to survive, country humiliated by china and malasia etc, foreigners are the ideal target to divert attention from real problems in the country.

        from other side large filipino community outside the Philippines plays the role of counterbalance, so maybe blaming foreigners won’t go too far. but maybe financial burden on foreigners will be eventually increased (I won’t even mention specifics so not to invite the troubles) .

        we moved from manila to visayas in 2007, no pollution and easier to raise children, a lot more crime in manila now comparing to 2000s and a lot more of traffic and pollution as well.

        in leyte/samar everything is still ok (i think), tacloban getting worse, more beggars, but goverment offices are friendly and don’t extort, traffic police don’t bother, i don’t even change car stickers, just keep new stickers in the car noone ever asked, no street children gangs yet, in manila especially binondo area evenings/night not safe.

        things changed a lot since early 2000s. when in manila i never carry any documents since it is time consuming to restore them if stolen, only minimum cash and one atm card.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        above is a perfect example of racism every since he has found out im from anther country he has been following me around trying to hound  but everywhere america is involved he has to throw his racial slurs and if you say anything back he goes wacko. he has to act like a spoiled child

      • giltor





      • Crazy_horse101010

        hey wee wee breath did you finally slither  from under you rock out of your  jealous because i found a woman. as for liar your postings speak for them selves. stupid horses dont play hockey but thanks anyway love you dear hugs and kisses smack tata

      • Crazy_horse101010

        ps come on down my troublesome neighbors would love to visit with you. they speak a different language but im sure they can get their point across haw haw haw. giltor lechon sounds good

      • giltor

        Hey horse hockey,

        I’ve got your number stop claiming what you are not!

        American that voted Obangaw pbuh;

        Went to OSU, you’re putting shame to that school;

        Worked for PG&E at Oregon, Wyoming and Montana, that company does not operate on those states.

        The give away is your language usage of a kindergartner.

        And finally – you could not comprehend simple american idioms.

        My sympathy to the poor Cebuana, if it is real and not another fantasy and figment of your fertle imagination for suffering and misfortune of knowing you.

        wye, delta, ohm – huh!

  • kinetics09

    What kind of title is this? Even the story is confusing. Journalism at its finest.

    • band1do

      Well said.  LOL

  • panhase

    It says in the article his name is Pater Mai Kimmer. Pater is the German equivalent for padre, it´s not used as a name.
    It would be nice if the staff of the Inquirer would have provided us with some more information. Why would a padre be charged with possession of dangerous drugs and carjacking?

    • bugabee

      baka ibig n’yang sabihin, Pitir.

  • jolly_baby

    Baka si chito nag sulat. magulo mag sulat yun eh

  • parefrank

    160000 for failing to attend hearing, just shortly ago 4 Filipinos accused of chasing to death a foreigner got free for 50000.
    Welcome, foreigners. There is more fun in the Philippines. (But less justice)

  • Joe Kano

    It must be pretty slow in Cebu if this is newsworthy.

  • Charles

    Shame on filipinos.
    Looking foreigners to get money.
    Racist at the top.
    USA Ambassador traitor to his people.

    • giltor

      Read the story Charlie!

      The money you’re refering to is called ‘bail bond’ for temporary release in this part of the world.

      What does race has something to do with this?

      Why is the US ambassador traitor – because he’s black – now that boils down to be RACIST statement.

  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:

    I’ve been here in Germany more than 30 yrs !

    Mga Kabayan, DO NOT FEAR this dumb German, who does NOT follow Philippine Laws !

    Here in Germany, everyone has to OBEY the Law, including us, naturlized Germans !

    SURELY, this dumb Pater Mai Kimmer will OBEY German Laws !

    Now, if it takes JAIL to DISCIPLINE him about our Laws, Paragraph by Paragraph, LET US DO IT !

    If Kimmer doesn’t like it in the Philippines, HE IS FREE TO LEAVE, as FREE as We Filipinos who are also here in Germany !

    DO NOT/NEVER Give Kimmer a gun !!!

    Put him in Jail or DEPORT RIGHT Away !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • dikoy321

    Kimmer is a DANGER to society, DEPORT HIM, ora mismo, BASTA !

    No IFs and BUTs !

    Forward Philippines !!!

    • foreignerph

      Racist. The Filipinos just want money under the table, as always. Most of my Filipino neighbors in my compound admit to have non-registered guns and are even proud of it. The law may be objective in theory but it is implemented in a racist way, and not only for gun possession.

  • George

    where the hell are the experts in “salvaging”? or the police are good only in salvaging their fellow citizens?

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