Priest in trafficking of minor case posts bail


By: Jodee A. Agoncillo, Tina G. Santos – @inquirerdotnet

Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, a 55-year-old priest who was arrested while taking a 13-year-old girl to a motel, was released late Tuesday afternoon after posting bail worth P120,000, according to Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Eastern Police District director.

Marikina City Prosecutor Ricardo Paet Jr. recommended the bail.

Accompanied by his lawyer, Lagarejos came out of the Marikina City Police Station around 3 p.m.

Lagarejos, parish priest of the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Taytay, Rizal , was accused of violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

He underwent inquest proceedings on Saturday afternoon, July 28, following his arrest around 6:30 p.m. near Blue Wave Mall on Sumulong Highway in Barangay Sto. Niño in Marikina.

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