AN expelled monk who sued Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and three local Church officials for libel yesterday filed falsification and perjury charges against six of his colleagues at the Marian Monk of the Eucharistic Adoration and three residents of Sibonga town in southern Cebu.

Venancio Cabillon filed a falsification charge before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office against Abello Mangila for allegedly forging his signature on a private document.

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Also, perjury charges were filed against Renato Ybanez, Mario Mulato, Bonifacio Magtoto, Rene Feliciano, Evert Lloyd Ugay, spouses Francisco and Joan Argoncillo, and Pastora Superable.

The falsification charge stemmed from the complaint-affidavit of Mangila on the estafa case he filed against Cabillon in relation to the latter’s expulsion from the monastery late last year.

Mangila’s affidavit said that Cabillon lied on his claim that the former took various items from the monastery including a large amount of cash.

Mangila, in the same affidavit, alleged that Cabillon “in his own handwriting and signature” acknowledged his receipt of the items and a P200, 000 cash.

Cabillon, however, denied signing documents related to the items and cash claimed by Mangila.

His accuser, Cabillon said, falsified the documents according to a hand-writing expert, Romeo Oliva Varona of the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory in Cebu City.

Respondents Mulato, Ybanez, Superable, and the Argoncillo spouses were impleaded in the perjury charge for stating falsehoods relative to the estafa case, Cabillon’s affidavit said.

Meanwhile, legal counsels in the libel complaint against Vidal and three other Church officials held a mediation of the case at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

But after the meeting, they declined media interviews and instead exited at the backdoor of the prosecutor’s office.

Lawyer Ivan Herrero said that both parties agreed not to “leak” any information to the media relative to the outcome of the mediation yesterday.

But the lawyer stressed the reconciliation ended smoothly.