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Lagdameo reelected CBCP prexy

MANILA, 07 July 2007— The nation’s Catholic Bishops today reelected Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The vote was taken among the 85 bishops present at the 95th Plenary Meeting of the Bishops Conference on Saturday in Manila.

His first two-year incumbency was expected to be further prolonged after several bishops earlier expressed support for his reelection.

Lagdameo, 66, a native of Lucban, Quezon, is the 16th president of the CBCP. Before he became CBCP head in 2004, Lagdameo was the vice-president of the body and succeeded Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla.

He was ordained priest in 1964. He was first assigned as assistant pastor in Unisan, Quezon in 1965 and became a professor and prefect of disciple of the Mt. Carmel Seminary in Sariaya, Quezon.

Lagdameo is Bachelor of Arts graduate of the San Jose Seminary in 1965 where he also took up Theology and Philosophy.

He was appointed bishop of Lucena City in 1980 and became the auxiliary bishop of Cebu.

Lagdameo was later designated as co-adjutor before he was appointed bishop of Dumaguete City.

He was named archbishop of Jaro on March 11, 2000.

The Catholic bishops leadership also elected Tandag bishop Nereo Odchimar as the new vice-president, succeeding Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma.

The 66-year old prelate was ordained priest on October 16, 1964. He was appointed bishop of Tandag diocese in Surigao del Sur on October 18, 2001.

The CBCP meets in Plenary Session twice each year and its works are carried out by a number of committees and commissions.

The president and the vice-president are elected for two-year terms and can serve for a minimum of two terms.

Also elected were members of the Permanent Council. They are Archbishop Jose Palma, Bishops Ramon Villena, Pablo David, Jesse Mercado, Manolo De Los Santos, Buenaventura Famadico, Jose Advincula, Antonieto Cabajog and Guillermo Afable.

When the Plenary Assembly is not in session, it is the Permanent Council that acts for and in behalf of the entire organization.

Lagdameo’s second term and other members of the permanent council will start in December 2007. (Roy Lagarde)