ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – Paraguay’s president and former priest Fernando Lugo has recognized a second love-child. This time it’s a 10-year-old boy, born to a nurse in the northern state where Lugo served as a Catholic bishop before renouncing the priesthood and turning to politics.
Lugo’s lawyer, Marcos Farina, says the president has told him to file the paperwork needed to change the boy’s last name to Lugo. His mother is Narcisa de la Cruz de Zarate, the fourth woman to have filed a paternity suit against the 61-year-old former cleric.
For those keeping score, Lugo has now acknowledged fathering two of the four children named in paternity suits against him.
He also accepted Guillermo Armindo, the child of Viviana Carrillo, after the woman accused him in 2009 of “irresponsible paternity.”
A third woman, Damiana Hortensia Moran, insists that she had a sexual relationship with Lugo years ago, but three court-ordered DNA tests showed her child isn’t his.
A fourth woman, Benigno Leguizamon, backed out of an out-of-court settlement and renewed her claim that Lugo fathered her 12-year-old son. Lugo’s appeal of court orders that he submit to still more DNA tests is now with the supreme court.
“Sooner or later the president will have to give his name to our child, and I think to others as well,” Leguizamon said Tuesday.