Malacañang hopes to have a “more open dialogue” with the Catholic Church now that an archbishop from Davao has been elected as the new president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Sunday (July 9) described the choice of Davao Archbishop Romulo Balles as “a new day of peace for a multi-cultural Philippines.”
“Archbishop Valles has served Mindanao as a Catholic priest for four decades. His familiarity with Davao and Mindanao would augur well for the country as we promote interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding as part of our efforts to rebuild Marawi and to transform Mindanao into a land of fulfillment,” Abella stated in a assertion.
The Palace official prolonged his congratulations to Valles as he leads the Catholic Church in having a “more open dialogue and cooperation with the government, especially in working for the poor and the marginalized.”
Valles succeeded Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas.
He is understood to be near Duterte’s household. In March, he baptized Marko Digong Carpio, the President’s grandson with daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.