CBCP elects Davao archbishop Valles as new president

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines— Will his election heal the wounds between the Catholic Church and the President?

This question is raised as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on Saturday elected its new president, Davao Archdiocese archbishop Romulo Valles.

Valles was elected at the Bishops’ bi-annual plenary assembly held at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Paco, Manila.

Valles, 66, current CBCP vice president, will succeed Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, who finished his second and final term.

Following the CBCP tradition, Valles was elected being the CBCP vice president to Villegas.

Valles will assume office in December 2017.

The archbishop will lead the 83 active, 5 diocesan administrators and 43 honorary members of the CBCP from 86 ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

Ordained a priest in 1976, Valles was appointed as bishop of Kidapawan in 1997. In 2006, he was named archbishop of Zamboanga until 2012 when he was transferred to Davao archdiocese.

Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Dutete met Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles on December 4, 2016.-FILE PHOTO: Newsline.ph

It can be recalled that Duterte personally visited Valles afternoon of December 4, 2015.

After the close door meeting, Duterte told reporters “The monsignor Admonished me and lectured to me Christian Values, natanggap ko. from now on I will try to avoid cuss word and promise to penalize myself P1,000 for every violation and donate it to Caritas of the Church.”

The Davao-based prelate baptized Duterte’s grandson, Marko Digong Duterte Carpio last March.

The Davao Catholic church  leaders   maintained a friendly relationship with Duterte though other bishops openly criticize Duterte.

During the last twelve months of the Duterte administrations at least two past CBCP presidents and current president Villegas openly criticize Duterte;s anti-drugs campaign.

With the election of Valles as CBCP president, a question is raised, Will CBCP and Duterte kiss and make up?-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

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