LINGAYEN-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas vehemently denied the allegation of Peter Joemel Advincula, the man claiming to be “Bikoy” in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video that he met with some plotters to oust President Duterte.
In his statement dated June 6, Villegas said, “On the day and time, December 12, 2018 in the evening, that I allegedly met with some plotters to overthrow the government, I was in the parish church of Orani in Bataan to deliver the homily at the first Mass of a friend, newly ordained priest.”
Advincula identified Villegas as among the personalities present at a meeting on Dec. 12, 2018 at the Jesuit Residence of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City as part of “Project Sodoma”, a plot to oust President Duterte hatched by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to install himself as vice president and Vice President Leni Robredo as president.
“As a mortal being like the rest of
us, I have no capacity to be in two places at the same time,” he said.
Villegas re-posted in his Facebook page the video of Rev. Fr. Jersey Prepose’s Thanksgiving Mass on December 12, 2018 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Orani.
Villegas added he is a priest and his “mission is to continue the love of Jesus Christ and to teach His Truth always”.
He said he believes in the power of electing officials “that is why I have tried my very best, as a priest and as a Filipino, to morally guide the people entrusted to my pastoral care”.
He stressed that he cannot and will never lend a hand to use illegal or violent means for social change. “Such will weaken our democratic foundations. This is contrary to my Christian conscience,” he wrote.
Advincula said that aside from
Villegas, a man named Jonel and a certain Fr. Robert were also present at the
He claimed that they focused on how to make some noise during the elections to make public their story that members of Duterte’s family and some of his allies are involved in the illegal drug trade.
Villegas has been a vocal critic of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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