Paterno Esmaquel II
July 29, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – A 55-year-old priest from a parish in Taytay, Rizal, was arrested for allegedly “booking” a 13-year-old girl with the help of a 16-year-old pimp, the Marikina police said.
Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos was detained immediately after his arrest in Santo Niño, Marikina City, on Friday evening, July 28.
Because of this, Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon said in a message on Saturday evening, July 29, that Lagarejos has been relieved of all his designations in his diocese.
Lagarejos was president of Cainta Catholic College (CCC). He was also parish priest of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Poblacion, Taytay, Rizal.
Lagarejos holds a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a licentiate in theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Quezon City, according to his profile on the CCC website.
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