Wanted ‘bishop’ nabbed by Rosales police

March 12, 2018 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES- The town police headed by Police Inspector Ador M. Tayag have arrested a “bishop” who was suspect for estafa and falsification of documents.

The suspect was identified as Bishop Hernando Bruce y Barroga, 56, of Palakipak village of this town.


HONORARY DOCTORATE – Volunteers against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez  (extreme right) receives an honorary doctorate degree from Bishop Hernando Bruce (extreme left) during the National Leadership and Chaplaincy Summit held at the Manila Hotel last year.  Many high politicians in and out of Pangasinan had been conferred by Bruce with honoris causa doctorate degrees where many of them even appended the lofty titles after their names in their official functions. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

 He was arrested in Villa Sto. Tomas at San Marcos village, Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan on March 7  by Rosales police in coordination with Sto. Tomas town police.

 He was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case No. 6747-R for violation of estafa issued by Acting Presiding Judge Jacinto M. Dela Cruz of Regional Trial Court Branch 53 on February 15, 2018 and Criminal Cases No. 9924 to 9928 for falsification of private documents issued by Presiding Judge Alta Grace N. Briones of the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) here.

 Recommended bail for the estafa is P40,000 while for the falsification of private documents, the bail is P12,000 for each case.

 Bruce is now detained at the custodial facility of the police station of this town awaiting order from both Courts.

 His alleged accomplice Arnold Madriaga, a resident of Villasis, Pangasinan, and who acted as middleman, is still waiting for complaints from the deceived students.

 The cases stemmed from the complaints of students of Philippine Christian College here who finished their courses in the said school which had no proper accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

 Bishop Bruce is the President of Philippine Christian College.

 Recall that in August 2017, the complaints of the students were featured in Raffy Tulfo in Action program on TV5 where it was found out that more than 1,800 students who graduated from his school have invalid degrees.

 In that TV5 program, Marmi Bautista, the spokesperson of the complainants, said Bruce offered doctorate and masters degrees to those who enrolled in his college. She was part of the first batch of graduates.

 It was also learned that Bruce was not a “bishop” of the Jesus Miracle Crusade, a religious sect he associates himself, but was a backslider.

 In a related development, CHED said they have informed the Department of Education (DepEd)  because the dubious college’s main targets are teachers.

 They advised DepEd to warn their teachers to beware of schools and colleges that do not have proper accreditation.



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