MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is known for dipping its finger in civil and political issues — from President Duterte’s war on drugs to the proliferation of fake news on social media. It usually comes in Pastoral letters read in churches nationwide.
The Adobo Chronicles has just learned that a new pastoral letter will be read this coming Sunday, urging Filipino Catholics to contribute generously to the collection basket to help with the court expenses of one parish priest named Msgr. Ariel Lagarejos.
Lagarejos was arrested after an alleged attempt to sexually abuse a 13-year-old girl in Marikina City on Friday. He was arrested in a joint operation by the Marikina police and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) around 6:30 p.m. at Blue Wave Mall in Barangay Sto. Niño in Marikina.
It is alleged that Lagarejos sought the services of the victim through a 16-year-old pimp. The victim’s mother, however, reported it to the police after she learned of the transaction.
Operatives from the Marikina police women and children protection division and DSWD set up the entrapment operation against Lagarejos.
“If possible,” the Pastoral letter reads, ” we urge the faithful to write fat checks instead of just digging in their pockets or purses for small change. We have to come to the aid of a beleaguered man of God. It is every Catholic person’s duty to do so.”
So this Sunday, don’t leave home without your checkbook.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If shoes were made for walking, then schools are there for learning.
With this in mind, the Philippines’ Department of Education today stripped St. Scholastica of its accreditation on the grounds that it has failed in its mission as a learning institution.
St. Scho, as it is more popularly known, has been fielding its young students to various political protests and rallies, allowing them to skip their classes and be the “face” of Filipino youth fighting for their f*cked up future.
Whether it is to protest the Marcos burial or Duterte’s war on drugs, the ever-smiling, seemingly innocent teenagers have been in the forefront, supporting the political agenda of the Opposition, notably St. Scho alumnus Senator Risa Hontiveros.
Parents of the students have consistently complained that their kids seem to be regressing instead of progressing in their knowledge since enrolling at the previously all-girls Catholic school.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Internal Revenue is considering issuing an order to the school to pay back taxes that it had previously been exempt from as a nonprofit, religious organization.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.