The Filipino women’s organization, Gabriella said Tuesday they want the Catholic Church to release Father Raul Cabonce to authorities for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl who was a ward of the priest.
The group is critical of Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos who has taken Cabonce into his custody.
The teen called “Leah” is currently in the custody of Gabriella.
Leah accuses Cabonce of repeatedly sexually abusing and raping her while she was under his care in his parochial residence in Butuan since September 2010.
She filed charges against Cabonce at the Agusan del Norte prosecutor’s office last Thursday.
Cabonce denies the girl’s allegations.