• CBCP to elect new officers as it opens plenary assembly

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    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will elect a new set of officers on Saturday as it starts its 107th plenary assembly.

    The CBCP secretary general, Msgr. Joselito Asis, said the election might be on the first day of the assembly with the results to be revealed on the last day.

    Asis said the current president, Jose Palma, is eligible for a second term.

    The CBCP holds its election every two years and the officials can also serve for two terms.

    Palma said he will ask the bishops not to re-elect him because he wants to concentrate on his duties as head of the Cebu archdiocese.

    During the three-day gathering in Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, members of the CBCP are expected to tackle reports from various commissions of the Church. Evaluation of last May’s elections, particularly the role of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and updates on the Reproductive Health Law will also be discussed.

    JOHANNA M. SAMPAN

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