COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 830         Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                             15 July 2015



Manila, July 14, 2015 – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Monday issued an obligatory prayer in a bid to ease political tension in the West Philippine Sea.

While the Philippines has its own plan to resolve the territorial dispute with China, re-elected CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the faithful must offer prayers to soothe increasingly strained relations between the countries.

“We do not have the means to negotiate with superpowers, we cannot represent the Philippines in the international court, but we can certainly represent the Philippines before God and ask God, who is the sure source of peace, to take care of the Philippines, he said.

Prayers that reach God.

Villegas made, the statement during a press conference after bishops’ plenary assembly at the Pius XII Center in Manila on Monday.

“If the dispute escalates and it becomes a problem of peace, how can the Church not be involved?  Peace is the mission of the Church,” said Villegas.

The United Nations arbitral tribunal has begun the arbitration court proceedings on the territorial dispute at the Hague last week.

“Not all of us can go to the Hague, not all of us can patrol the West Philippine Sea, but all of us can kneel and pray for our prayers reach God and benefit people,” Villegas added in Filipino.

After the news conference, Villegas led other CBCP officials in praying the oratio imperata which reads:

Oratio Imperata

O Lord our God, Maker of heaven and earth, the sky and the seas, look kindly on us, Your children of the Philippine islands, our home, now beset with tension over our West Philippine Sea.

 We pray to you for peace over that part of our islands and waters.

 We pray that questions over it may be resolved through justice and respect for people’s rights.

 We pray that nor harm may be done to our marine creatures and habitat.

We pray that our fellow Filipinos, protecting our islands and seas, be kept safe from natural and manmade disasters.

 Loving God, you are our Wonderful Creator, our generous provider of good things.  Send Your Holy Spirit of wisdom and understanding to our leaders, that they may resolve this crisis with courage and in the spirit of dialogue.  Help us all to remain faithful to Your Word and obedient to Your will always.

 This we ask through Christ, our Lord. Amen


In the Diocese of Marbel this Oratio Imperata must be prayed in every mass before the Post Communion Prayer from 19 July 2015 to 30 August 2015, inclusive.



St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Parish, Malungon, Sarangani hosted the joint recollection of the clergy in Marbel Diocese, last 14 July 2015.

Acta: (1) morning praise with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament; (2) sharing by Col. Ronald Villanueva; (3) meeting; (4) Mass; (5) fraternal meal.

Col. Ronald C. Villanueva (MI), PA – 17th Commander, 1002nd Infantry Brigade, Pulatana, Malungon, Sarangani.

Born in Cagayan de Oro City, studied at Xavier University from elementary to graduate school (M.B.A.); a diploma from Development Academy of the Philippines and an MNSA, National Defense College.  He also took up courses inn Baguio University.  He had two years of agricultural engineering.

Family is deeply religious.  Father’s deep spirituality had influence him a lot.

His mission: support LGUs and PNP.  Motto: “Disiplina at Kahusayan.” Discipline and “Magis” (excellence) he learned at Xavier University.

Security has 6 dimensions: political, socio-cultural, technological, economic, environmental and national security.

Peace, following St. John XXIII’s ‘Peace on Earth’ is based on truth, love, justice and freedom.  Where there is peace, there is order.


  • Bishop informed the priests of the “Oratio Imperata” to ease tension in the West Philippine Sea; and the popularization of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si’”. The Commission on Christian Formation was tasked to design a plan.
  • Romeo Buenaobra, Vicar General and in-charge of the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu announced the registration fee: early, July P7, 000; Late, August – December, P9,000.
  • Ariel Destora, Parish Priest, Malapatan, made a video presentation of the state of the community in Sitio Akbual, Brgy. Upper Suyan, Malapatan. Flourishing community: coop store, solar lighting, solar dryer, clinic, school, water system, backyard garden, farms, chapel and a small stage built by local government. Akbual is not a depressed area.  Credits to Fr. Pierre Samson, Canadian PME.
  • Rodrigo Gegone, parish priest, T’boli, South Cotabato showed a video of aerial spraying on the banana plantation owned by Sumitomo Fruit (Sumifru). Effects on some: itching of skin and short breath.  Residents are fighting this evil.  Bishop Dinualdo’s comment: a classic example of development aggression, profit-driven without concern for realities: human life, nature and social culture.  Victims are usually the poor and powerless.  Pope Francis condemned this model of development in his Encyclical “Laudato Si’”.
  • Joel Aliligay, new diocesan director, CFC announced: National Family and Life Congress in Cebu with 15 delegates; BEC Congress in Manila.
  • Next Joint Recollection of Clergy, 18 August, Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Cannery, Polomolok.
  • Bishop thanked Fr. Angelo Buenavides, parish priest, Fr. Arturo Pancho, DM, parochial vicar and parishioners for their “excellent” hosting. Children’s choir was superb!



Notre Dame of Banga, Banga, South Cotabato (SY 2015 – 2016)

  1. Ma. Crisanta Armendez, AR –  Superior
  2. Concepcion Anadon, AR –  Treasurer
  3. Ginger Acosta, AR
  4. Lorlie Decir, AR

Notre Dame of Lamba, Lamba, Banga, South Cotabato (SY 2015 – 2016)

  1. Querubina Cabillon, AR –  Superior
  2. Purificacion Glimada, AR
  3. Roselyn Jardenil, AR
  4. Arlyn dela Cruz, AR –  Treasurer

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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