COTABATO CITY: A Catholic priest who served most of his missionary works in Sulu province died in a vehicular accident in Davao del Sur on Friday morning, police said.
Father Jose Ante, former provincial superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, died from serious head injuries after his vehicle slammed on an on-coming van loaded with raw meat along the national highway in Barangay Sinawilan, Matanao, Davao del Sur at 9:30 a.m.
Police Officer 2 Arturo Papas, Matanao police traffic investigator, said the priest was driving a sports utility vehicle heading toward Davao City when the right front wheel burst while was negotiating a downward curve on Kilometer 70, Barangay Sinawilan.
Policemen manning a checkpoint near the site pulled the priest off from the wreckage and was still breathing when he was rushed to Sinawilan Medical Clinic about 200 meters away.
However, attending physicians declared Ante dead on arrival.
Ante was born on July 13, 1936. He finished his Philosophy at the San Jose Seminary and went to Rome for his Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He was ordained priest in 1964 and became dean of Notre Dame of Jolo College in the same year.
He obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Santo Tomas in 1969.
In 1976, he became the first Filipino Oblate provincial superior until 1981.
In 1982, he became the third president of Notre Dame University and was president of NDEA (Notre Dame Educational Association) from 1982 to 1988.
He was president of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, Board member of PAASCU (Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities), and Board member of the Fund for Assistance to Private Schools.
For the past eight years, Ante was the parish priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo and the Social Action director of the Vicariate of Jolo.
At the time of his demise, Ante was the archives-in-charge of the OMIs based in Cotabato City.