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Top Filipino cleric Bishop Teodoro Bacani is being investigated for sexual misconduct

Sex scandal rocks Philippine Church

In 2003, one of the Philippines' most prominent Roman Catholic cleric Bishop Tedoro Bacani was investigated for sexually harassing his secretary.

In a statement, the bishop only said that he was "deeply sorry for the consequences of any inappropriate expression of affection to my secretary".

He then left the Philippines for a planned holiday in America.
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Bishop Bacani, is one of the country's best-known priests.

And it seems like Bacani found an ally from then President Gloria Arroyo.

"I am saddened by the turn of events, but I also know that the church has the leadership, fortitude, and strength to surmount these trials," she said in a statement.

She also urged the public not to "dwell on speculations or rumours" surrounding the case.

Romualdo Ranada, a spokesman for Mr Bacani, also said it was important not to "pre-judge the case".

Both clerics and lay people in the diocese were standing by the bishop, he said in an interview with local television.

Mr Ranada said the Vatican was now looking into the matter, and would decide on a course of action "that would be best for the people and the Church".

A series of sex abuse scandals have rocked the Catholic Church in several countries in recent years, notably the United States.

The Philippines Church made the unprecedented move last year of publicly apologising for abuses committed by its priests.

About 85% of the Philippines' 82m people follow the religion, making it Asia's largest Roman Catholic country.

Top Filipino cleric Bishop Teodoro Bacani is being investigated for sexual misconduct Top Filipino cleric Bishop Teodoro Bacani is being investigated for sexual misconduct Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 5:43:00 AM Rating: 5

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