Caloocan bishop Pablo Virgilio David, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s staunchest critics, is now president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), where he served as vice president since 2017.
David, who has been very vocal about his stand on Duterte’s policies and so-called “war on drugs”, revealed that he had indeed received death threats after the President had repeatedly urged drug addicts and criminals to maim, kill and steal from rich bishops.
He was also among a number of priests accused of sedition in relation to viral video “Ang Totoong Narcolist” which alleged the Duterte family’s involvement in the illegal drug trade.
Beginning his priesthood in the Archdiocese of San Fernando in 1983, he was appointed as auxiliary bishop for the same archdiocese in 2006. He was later transferred to the Caloocan diocese ten years later.
At the CBCP, he was chair of the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate and was one of five Filipino bishop delegates to the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in the Vatican in 2008.
Two years ago, the Ateneo de Manila University gave him the “Bukas Palad Award” to honor his service to the poor and “for his courage in speaking out against the evil of injustice and violence.”
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