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 by way of social media in Marikina City yesterday (Friday, July 28).
Officers mentioned they had been “shocked” to find a priest concerned within the crime.
The priest’s superior in the present day issued an announcement, urging parishioners to “pray that the truth may come out”.
Antipolo Bishop, Francisco de Leon, wrote: “The Diocese of Antipolo is wanting 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 required procedures as offered by regulation with a view to additional examine the matter.
“Let us chorus from issuing pointless feedback that 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 Eastern Police District, the ‘monsignor’ negotiated by means of social media with a pimp, who’s believed to be an underage 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 main opponent 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 at the moment are within the custody of the DSWD.
The priest faces charges below Republic Act 9208 anti-trafficking in individuals act.