MANILA, 6July2013 – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will be electing this weekend its new set of Permanent Council and committee officers during the bi-annual plenary assembly in Manila.
Msgr. Joselito Asis, CBCP secretary general, said the results of the election will be known on Monday.
The top four officials of the conference are: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary General.
The bishops will also be electing Regional Representatives, 5 for Luzon, 2 for Visayas and 32 for Mindanao.
Also to be elected are the chairmen of the more than 30 episcopal commissions, committees and offices of the conference.
The plenary assembly is set to start on Saturday until Monday at the Pope Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Paco, Manila.
The new set of officers will be serving a two-year term until July 2015. They will assume office in December 2013.
Asis said that CBCP president Archbishop Jose Palma is still eligible for a second term.
“However, it would still depend on the bishops.”
For his part, the Cebu prelate said that he would be happy to pass the CBCP leadership on to a new successor.
“I told them that there are other bishops who are also good. Cebu is a big archdiocese and (I) cannot perform my duties as its head because I am always present here (Manila). Anyway, I always told them that to give others a chance (to be elected as President),” he said in an interview.
Considered as the highest decision-making body of the CBCP, the Plenary Assembly meets in regular session twice a year in January and in July. When the Plenary Assembly is not in session, the Permanent Council acts for and in behalf of the Conference. (PNA)