Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao has returned as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) after being on medical leave since June 2020.
Archbishop Valles had a mild stroke on May 23. Shortly after, he appointed Vice President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan to be the CBCP’s acting president. (Read: Pope Francis Meets New Papal Envoy to the Philippines)
In a letter on Nov. 5, Bishop David informed the bishops that Archbishop Valles “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,” David wrote. (Read: Cardinal Tagle Opens up About COVID-19 Experience)
Archbishop Valles will preside over the CBCP Permanent Council online meeting 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,” Bishop David said.
Journey to Recovery
Archbishop Valles has been in a hospital in Davao City on May 23 and was discharged on July 6. He contacted hospital-acquired pneumonia, making him stay longer in the hospital. (Read: Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Anti-Corruption Activist, Dies of COVID-19)
The CBCP thanks those who prayed and offered moral support for the Archbishop’s recovery.