INNABUYOG URGES VICARIATE,
CBCP TO SANCTION ERRING PRIEST
Today is the second
year anniversary of Beth's (not her real name) rape by Fr. Gabriel
Madangeng of the Bontoc-Lagawe Vicariate. She was 14 years old at
the time of the incident that happened in Natonin Mission Convent
on July 8 2006. She filed a complaint with the NBI-CAR office on
December 27, 2006.
On August 3 will also be the second year anniversary
of the Ana's (not her real name) rape by the same priest. This happened
at the Sta. Rita Parish Convent in Bontoc, Mountain Province. She
was repeatedly raped, the last incident was in December 11, 2006.
She filed a formal complaint with PNP in Bontoc on February 26,
Both cases are now in the courts in Bontoc, Mountain
Innabuyog extends its support to the families of the victims and
to those who are giving the moral support for them to pursue their
cases. Both victims, including another one, are minors.
These cases of sexual offense are an affront to
the dignity of a person, specially women. The offense is made heavier
by the fact that the perpetrator is a man of cloth, by that makes
him a person in authority and who exploited the innocence and fragile
state of the victims. The sexual offense, noting that the incidents
were repeatedly committed outrage not only the physical but the
moral sense as well. These acts reinforce women's low status in
society and the perception that they are weak, vulnerable and no
more than a sex object.
In the victims' pursuit for justice, wholeness and
peace of mind, Innabuyog urges the Bontoc-Lagawe Vicariate, the
Conference of Bishops in the Philippines (CBCP) and the Commission
of Clergy to apply the Pastoral Guidelines on Sexual Abuses and
Misconduct by the Clergy which the CBCP drafted in 1995. We urge
the Vicariate to apply its blanket authority by immediately suspending
the erring priest, do the needed disciplinary action on him as a
man of cloth and subject him to psychological evaluation and processing.
Considering the trauma that the minor victims continue
to undergo, we urge the Vicariate to apologize to the victims, their
families and the congregation as part of the healing process. The
Vicariate must likewise look into the psycho-social re-estabilization
of the victims and their families. Innabuyog believes that by doing
so that the Vicariate upholds its mission in sustaining life and
dignity of humanity.#