Eastern Police District director Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula identified the suspect as Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, 55, a resident of Antipolo City in Rizal and assigned in Taytay in the same province. Rizal-PIO

Priest nabbed for trafficking minor in Marikina
Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - July 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines - A parish priest was arrested after an alleged attempt to sexually abuse a 13-year-old girl in Marikina City on Friday.

Eastern Police District director Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula identified the suspect as Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, 55, a resident of Antipolo City in Rizal and assigned in Taytay in the same province.

Lagarejos 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.

Sapitula said in a text message 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.

After closing the deal, the pimp got out of the suspect’s gray Ford Explorer, leaving behind the victim.

Lagarejos and his victim were on their way to a motel when authorities blocked their vehicle. The priest was immediately placed under police custody.

Seized from his possession was an iPhone 5s smartphone containing his messages to the victim and the pimp.

Lagarejos is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

The priest was appointed president of Cainta Catholic College in 2006 based on the school’s website and parish priest of the Our Lady of Light Parish Church in Cainta in the same year.

Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.