A Catholic priest pulled a gun on police after being found at a Motel with a 13-year-old woman.
Monseigneur Arnel Fuentes Lagarejos, aged 55, was caught throughout a crackdown on youngsters being pimped through social media in Marikina City yesterday (Friday, July 28).
Officers mentioned they have been “shocked” to find a priest concerned within the crime.
The priest’s superior immediately issued a press release, urging parishioners to “pray that the truth may come out”.
Antipolo Bishop, Francisco de Leon, wrote: “The Diocese of Antipolo is trying into the matter involving the arrest of Monseigneur Arnel Fuentes Lagarejos as allegedly recognized as a suspect in an entrapment operation in Marikina City.
“Thus, we guarantee the general public that we respect the mandatory procedures as offered by regulation with a purpose to additional examine the matter.
“Let us chorus from issuing pointless feedback which may worsen the scenario.
“Instead we appeal for all the faithful to pray that the truth may come out.”
The sting operation was a joint operation by the police and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and triggered by a tip-off from the woman’s mom.
According to a report by ABS-CBN News, the ‘monsignor’ negotiated via social media with a pimp, who’s believed to be a 16-year-old boy.
Lagarejos and the minors agreed to satisfy at the Blue Wave Mall in Marikina City.
Lagarejos was then adopted as he drove his Ford Explorer to the lodge the place police pounced at about 6.30pm.
To their shock, Lagarejos tried to attract a gun however was shortly subdued earlier than he might hearth.
Lagarejos is a president of the Cainta Catholic College in Rizal and has usually spoken out on the difficulty of reproductive rights.
According to his LinkedIn account, he holds a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
The 13-year-old and the pimp are actually within the custody of the DSWD.
The priest faces charges below Republic Act 9208 anti-trafficking in individuals act.