Archdiocese opens own probe of priest tagged as ‘person of interest’ in slay case

Archdiocese opens own probe of priest tagged as ‘person of interest’ in slay case

As the investigation into the killing of Jeraldyn Rapinan continues, the Archdiocese of Caceres said it has been cooperating with law enforcement. PHOTO FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CACERES

By Melo Acuña

June 19, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The Catholic Church in Camarines Sur is holding its own investigation after one of its priests has been identified a “person of interest” in the killing of a 28-year-old woman.

The Archdiocese of Caceres said they are “deeply troubled” by the allegations and they want to get down to the bottom of the issue.

“The archdiocese, at the moment, is conducting its own investigation and will take appropriate action in accordance with the Code of Canon Law,” said archdiocesan chancellor Fr. Darius Romualdo.

“At this time that we are searching for the truth, we ask for prayers and prudence,” he said.

As probe into the killing of Jeraldyn Rapinan continues, the archdiocese said it has been cooperating with law enforcement.

“The archdiocese supports and will fully cooperate with the thorough investigation of the case by the proper authority,” Romualdo said.

Rapinan’s lifeless body was dumped in a grassy roadside along Maharlika Highway at Del Pilar, San Fernando in Camarines Sur on June 15.

The victim reportedly sustained several stab wounds and her hands and feet were tied with nylon cord.

Romualdo assured the family of the victim of their prayers and support in their search for justice.

“We sympathize with the family and we are one with them in the search for truth and justice,” he said.