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Valles back as CBCP head

DAVAO Archbishop Romulo Valles has resumed his post as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Valles had been on medical leave since June 2020 after a mild stroke on May 23.

On June 28, he appointed CBCP vice president, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, as the Conference’s acting president.

In a letter to the bishops on Nov. 5, David said that the archbishop “has recovered very well” and is “ready to resume his office as president.

After getting a clean bill of health from his doctors, Archbishop Valles has signified his readiness to resume office as our CBCP president,” he said.

The Caloocan prelate said Valles will already preside over the CBCP Permanent Council online meeting, which is scheduled on November 25.

As vice-president, I assured him that I would stay by his side and continue to assist him in whatever way I can,” David said.

Valles was confined in a hospital in Davao City on May 23 and was discharged on July 6.He stayed longer in the healthcare facility due to hospital-acquired pneumonia.

The CBCP thanked those who offered prayers and moral support during the past months of Valles’ recuperation.