CBCP: The bishop moved to a drug operation that was not part of the Catholic clergy

MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops' Conference in the Philippines (CBCP) has clarified that the bishop is arrested in an illegal drug operation in Bacoor, Cavite is not a Catholic bishop.

According to an official statement released on Friday, CBCP said that Bishop Richard Alcantara of the SOSM is also not a member of the conference.

"We have received inquiries about a bishop Richard Alcantara, who was arrested on Friday, January 25, for illegal drugs in a buy-bust operation in Bacoor City," CBCP said.

"Richard Alcantara is not a Catholic bishop or priest of the Roman Catholic Church, and he is not a member of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in the Philippines (CBCP)."

Alcantara, 38, and companion were arrested during the buy-bust operation in Barangay Alima, Bacoor, Cavite.

The police said that Alcantara was not the original goal of the operation, but it was recorded in the snooping act.

Alcantara will be accused of violating some parts of R.A. 9165 or the 2002 Comprehensive Dangerous Medicines Act.

According to a website that also uses the name of the Holy Order of St. Michael and the initials "SOSM", the assembly specializes in exorcism. / gsg

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