THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Saturday, July 6, re-elected Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles to serve as its president until 2021 during the ongoing 119th Plenary Assembly being held at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.
According to CBCPNews, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has also been re-elected as CBCP vice president for another two-year term.
“The vote gives Archbishop Valles, 67, his second and last term to lead the Conference,” said CBCPNews, the official news agency of the CBCP.
Valles and David will begin their second terms on December 1, 2019 and will serve until November 30, 2021.
“His (Valles) re-election would make him more visible face of the church as it gears for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021,” said CBCPNews.
Also getting re-elected are Palo Archbishop John Du as Treasurer; and Fr. Marvin Mejia as Secretary General.
At present, the CBCP is composed of 134 members, of which 83 are active, three are administrators, and 45 are retired.
In the ongoing Plenary Assembly, present are 73 active bishops and five retired.
The CBCP Plenary Assembly, which is its highest decision-making body, is convened only twice a year, or every January and July. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)