Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz has expressed apprehension over looming changes at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) when the council votes a new set of officers in January 2017.
In an interview with [email protected] on Thursday, Cruz noted that incumbent CBCP Vice-president Bishop Romulo Valles, who is expected to become the president per tradition, hails from the same city that President Rodrigo Duterte has served as mayor.
“It is a big possibility that come January, the President of the Philippines comes from Davao and the President also comes from Davao. That’s a very big possibility, not unless there’ll be some incoming factors that would do away with this traditional practice,” he said.
He said, he “would not feel comfortable” if that happens because Valles is “rather close to Duterte.”
“Being from Davao himself, then the incoming, as presumptively incoming CBCP president, will definitely be more one with him than otherwise,” he said.
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Source: ABS-CBN News