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'Pedophile priest' now under Metro Manila police's custody

TURNED OVER. Father Kenneth Hendricks gets his mug shot taken at the Metro Manila police headquarters.

NCRPO photo

MANILA, Philippines – Father Kenneth Hendricks, the American Catholic priest accused of molesting more than 50 people in the province of Biliran, is now under the custody of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Metro Manila top cop Director Guillermo Eleazar served the warrants of arrest on Hendricks at 11 am on Tuesday, February 19, inside the Bureau of Immigration detention cell in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

Hendricks, 77, was first arrested in December 2018 by virtue of an arrest warrant by United States judge Stephanie Bowman.

The 5 new arrest warrants were issued in the Philippines by Biliran Regional Trial Court Branch 16 Judge Constantino Esber over charges of acts of lasciviousness.

According to the police, more than 50 people have allegedly been molested by Hendricks since he arrived in the Philippines in 1968. He was ordained as a Franciscan priest and worked in Biliran in a village chapel in the town of Naval.

He is now detained by the National Capital Region Police Office’s Special Operations Unit. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

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