Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan will take over as “acting president” of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
The prelate said he will be taking over the tasks of Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, current head of the conference, who is “recuperating” from a “mild stroke.”
“He asked me to take over as acting CBCP president while he’s recuperating,” Bishop David said in an interview over Radio Veritas 846, on July 17.
He said Archbishop Valles had a “mild stroke” that was aggravated by a “hospital-acquired pneumonia.”
The Davao archbishop has already been discharged from the hospital and is “recuperating well in his residence,” said Bishop David.
“He wrote a letter appointing me as the acting president in his absence while he is recuperating,” said Bishop David.
“This is only temporary. I am acting president because I am the vice president,” he said.
Archbishop Valles and Bishop David were elected to their posts during the conference’s plenary assembly in July 2019.
They will be serving their posts until November 2021.