Romblon priest charged with rape, suspended

Philippine Star [Manila, Philippines]

March 30, 2023

By Evelyn Macairan

Bacolod City, Philippines — A Catholic priest in Looc, Romblon, who was charged with rape, has been suspended from pastoral duties, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said.

Conrado Mantac, 62, is under police custody following his arrest in Barangay Estefania in this city on Monday based on a warrant issued by Sagay Regional Trial Court Judge Reginald Fuentebella.

No bail was recommended.

Mantac, who was assigned at the Most Holy Rosary parish in Barangay Paraiso in Sagay City, was accused of molesting a 17-year-old choir member last year.

Alminaza said the alleged rape and arrest of Mantac “pains me and the whole diocese of San Carlos.”

“We have been consistent in our teachings and advocacy against any form of sexual abuse of children, women and vulnerable persons, and such crimes committed by any person and especially priests or religious cannot be tolerated,” Alminaza said.

Alminaza assured authorities of his cooperation in the probe for the truth to come out and justice served accordingly.

“The diocese would like to assure the alleged victim and her family of support and protection, and is committed to provide the needed information openly and honestly to the public without reservations,” Alminaza said.