Prelates refuse to attend preliminary probe into charges of plotting to oust President Duterte
A group of Filipinos recite the rosary outside the Department of Justice building in Manila on Aug. 9 to show their support for Catholic Church leaders accused of plotting to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo by Angie de Silva)
Catholic bishops accused of plotting to oust Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have submitted their response to sedition charges.Although only retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani was seen filing an affidavit on Aug. 8, the Justice Department confirmed the other prelates had already submitted their replies to the allegations. All filed their "counter-affidavits" the day before the start of preliminary investigations into a complaint filed by the Philippine National Police last month.
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