Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos, the priest who was a******d last Friday for allegedly “booking” a female minor, had once pulled a gun on his victim, police said Monday; citing the 13-year-old girl’s testimony.
In an interview with DZBB, Marikina Police chief Senior Superintendent Roger Quesada said the girl told the police that the priest pointed a gun at her on their previous meeting in June.
With a gun pointed at her face, the priest allegedly told her not to accept bookings from other men.
“Dahil po sa salaysay ng bata, may nakita siyang baril noon nung una. Kaya po naghalungkat ang ating mga operatiba at nakunan nga ng baril pero hindi naman po ginamit ngayon sa pagte-threaten sa bata,” said Quesada.
(Due to the girl’s testimony that she saw a gun from their previous meeting, our operatives searched and indeed found a gun, but it was not used this time to threaten the girl.)
Contrary to earlier reports and allegations, Quesada also said Lagarejos did not have a gun when he was a******d.
The gun will be brought to Marikina Police for custody. Initial reports stated that Lagarejos legally owns the gun.
Licensed or not, for what reason a man who honors life, promotes the sayings “love your enemies” and “thou shall not k**l” would own a weapon made for killing people? For self defense perhaps, but some gun owners never even fired their weapon or shot someone, but always have a gun for the sole purpose of “just in case scenarios” or maybe, to intentionally threaten others.
Lagarejos, 55, a parish priest in Taytay, Rizal, was a******d in an operation that was set up after the girl’s mother informed the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) of the Marikina Police.
According to reports, it could have been the third time that Lagarejos and the girl meet up.
Also a******d was the girl’s 16-year-old LGBT member pimp (bugaw), who allegedly arranged the meeting between the girl and Lagarejos through social media and supposedly received P500 from the priest for the child’s services.
While Lagarejos remains in police custody, the girl and the alleged pimp (both minors) are in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Monday that Lagarejos was stripped of his duties as parish priest of St. John The Baptist Parish and as president of the Cainta Catholic College (CCC).
An archbishop stressed: “It does not mean he is guilty before proven innocent. He is innocent until proven guilty.”