media & mideo, bishops & rape

there’s a real live rape-of-a-minor court case pala in the works against a parish priest of agusan del norte, who denies the allegations of course, and whom the diocese bishop has taken into his palace (yes, palace! frailocracy pa rin) in butuan city, instead of surrendering him to civil authorities.

i can’t believe that this is the first i’ve heard of it.  it would seem that after reporting the rape complaint by “leah” in early july (when i was hectic, proofreading, indexing, etc. and thus missed it), media dropped the matter completely until two or three days ago. (google it and you get either a july 2-7 item or an august 27-30.)

why did i hear nothing of it all through the mideo crucifixion (when i was paying attention na) — from pinky webb’s xxxpose to karen davila’s censhorship rants to ccp folding — when bishops ruled as though from on high and the inquirer justified vandalism?  all through those august weeks, i didn’t hear anyone in/through media bringing up the rape case, even if only to bring down the bishops a notch, level the playing field, even if only in a token way.

i wonder how much money went around to focus media’s attention on mideo and away from leah.  okay, okay, siguro naman hindi sila lahat nabibili.  pero siguro rin, yung mga hindi nabibili, wala namang balls.  how terrible.  the rape of leah, if true, and other such cases since the time of damaso, is prick power at work, mideo’s poleteismo verfiied and validated, how disgusting in many ways is this church that professes to embody christ.

samantala, in her tribune column, armida siguion-reyna rightly jeers at the holier-than-thou.

Where now are the sanctimonious? Where now are those who took offense with the “sacrilege” they insisted visual artist Cruz committed with the display of his works at the CCP? Butuan, Agusan, Diocese Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, he who had led the call for President Benigno Aquino III’s resignation because of his appointing “kaklase” and “kaibigan” to government posts, how come there’s nothing from him, especially with the alleged rapist priest under his care?

Nothing, as in not even a peep.

worse, what’s with this priest:

In a radio interview, Fr. Raul Cabonce, the parish priest of Tubay, said “I categorically deny allegations of rape hurled against me… please check the background of the family of the victim first before judging me.”

Fr. Raul Cabonce in an interview on Bombo Radyo Butuan on Tuesday alleged the sisters of the victim were all victims of rape and that people of Las Nieves town, where used to be parish priest before transferring to Tubay, knew the background of the victim’s family.

the sisters of the victim were all rape victims… therefore, what?  they are not to be believed?  they deserve to be raped?  hey, lord bishops, methinks this priest might not only need help sublimating his libido, he could use some gender consciousness & sex education too :(


  1. manuelbuencamino

    I wondered about the silence also. Just blogged about the case too.

    Question: What is worse than Mideo Cruz sticking a penis on Christ’s face?

    Answer: A Catholic priest sticking his penis into an unwilling minor.

    Question: What could be worse than that?

    Answer: A bishop sticks his nose in and offers protection to the erring priest. (No pun intended.)

  2. if ever there really was already a complaint…just a reminder so as not to pre-judge the case a la daniel smith:

    r.a. 8505
    section 5, paragraph 1…

    Section 5. Protective Measures. – At any stage of the investigation, prosecution and trial of a complaint for rape, the police officer, the prosecutor, the court and its officers, as well as the parties to the complaint shall recognize the right to privacy of the offended party and the accused. Towards this end, the police officer, prosecutor, or the court to whom the complaint has been referred may, whenever necessary to ensure fair and impartial proceedings, and after considering all circumstances for the best interest of the parties, order a closed-door investigation, prosecution or trial and that the name and personal circumstances of the offended party and/or the accused, or any other information tending to establish their identities, and such circumstances or information on the complaint shall not be disclosed to the public.