The investigation into the disappearance of a parish priest from Rosario, Cavite, who was found alive on Sunday afternoon, is still ongoing and no leads have yet been identified.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson, Col. Jean Fajardo, told ABS-CBN News’ Teleradyo that the agency still has no idea what happened when Fr. Leoben Peregrino, 59, was reported missing.
According to Fajardo, the only evidence they have so far is the CCTV footage of the victim traveling to Silang, Cavite.
The spokesperson further stated that they tried to speak with Peregrino, but the priest’s family requested privacy in order to give him time to recuperate and recover from his trauma.
The Cavite Rising also attempted to secure statements from the victim, however, the relatives declined any interviews for the time being.
On April 2, Peregrino was reported missing by one of his relatives. He was found unconscious with his hands tied inside his vehicle the next day in Brgy. Lumil in Silang.
Peregrino, dressed in a violet shirt and maong pants, was last seen leaving the convent at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, supposedly going to Imus City driving a white Mitsubishi Adventure.
The priest was rushed to Santa Rosa Hospital in Laguna for treatment before being moved to La Salle Medical Center in Dasmarinas, Cavite.