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Caceres church officials to probe priest tagged in slay case

The Archdiocese of Caceres has issued a statement announcing its support of the investigation into the gruesome death of a woman.

The chancellor of the archdiocese, Fr. Daris Romualdo, also said that an independent investigation will be conducted on the allegations that a priest was involved in the case.

"We sympathize with the family and we are one with them in the search for truth and justice," Romualdo said in a statement posted on the social media account of the archdiocese.

The statement was also posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

"We are deeply troubled that, in media reports, a priest has been alluded to as a person of interest. We hold the report very serious. The Archdiocese supports and will fully cooperate with the thorough investigation of the case by the proper authority," he said.

The church statement did not mention the name of the priest who was tagged by authorities as a person of interest in the case.

But the CBCP report noted that last June 15, a woman by the name of Jeraldyn Rapinan was found lifeless by the roadside of Maharlika Highway in Del Pilar, San Fernando, Camarines Sur.

Romualdo said the archdiocese is conducting its own investigation of the slay case and pledged that appropriate action will be done according to the Code of Canon Law.

The Canon Law is a set of laws enforced by the Catholic Church to regulate its organization and government.

"At this time that we are searching for the truth, we ask for prayers and prudence," said Romualdo.

"We assure the family of the victim of our prayers and support in the search for justice," he added. —BAP/KG, GMA News