COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 831          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                                                   19 July 2015



Pope Francis announced on 10 July 2015 the Jubilee Year of Mercy from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016.  Vatican II concluded 8 December 1965.  Aim: to afford the faithful the opportunity to receive divine mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

A Holy Door is to be opened during this year.  People who enter the Cathedral through this Door will gain a plenary indulgence, subject to certain conditions: confession, communion and prayer for the pope’s intention.  The plenary indulgence will remit (erase) all temporal punishment due to sin.

Jubilee Year, in Jewish tradition, aimed to restore equity.  Pope Benedict VIII started the Jubilee Year in 1300, to be celebrated every 100 years.  In 1475, the interval was reduced to 25 years.  Pope St. John Paul II proclaimed a Jubilee Year in 1983 – 1950 years after Jesus’ death.



Pope Francis awarded on 2 May 2015 the highest award for lay people – the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross” for distinguished and outstanding service and zeal to the Church and the Pope to five persons: Bro. Wilfredo Engane Lubrico, FMS and Dr. Andres Magallanes, both of Notre Dame of Marbel University; Mrs. Ruby Teresita Javelosa Peralta, past diocesan president, Catholic Women’s League and present president, Association of Lay Vocations’ Promoters; Mrs. Alice Baldostamon Valera and Mrs. Trinidad Jalapan Remollo, past and present administrators and formators, respectively, Diocesan Center for Christian Formation.

The award was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 on the occasion of his golden jubilee of priestly ordination.

These crosses were conferred on 18 July 2015, during the Mass at St. Marcellin Champagnat (SMC) Hall, NDMU.

Presider and homilist: Bishop Dinualdo.  Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, V.G., read the certificate in Latin, Fr. Ernesto Bendita, Chancellor read the English translation.  Other celebrants: Fr. Ronald Plomillo, Rector and Fr. Jefil Callego, Pre-College Director, both of OLPH Seminary; Fr. Rolando Japitana, PP, Tupi, Fr. ReynaldoMission, PP, Polomolok; Fr. Romeo Subaldo, PP, Norala; Fr. Joemer Candido, Diocesan Finance Officer; and Fr. Jess Pasquin, Cotabato Archdiocese.



July 2, 2015, Bishop’s Residence, Koronadal City.

Members of the NMT, Commission on Human Rights, met with Bishop Dinualdo to explore the possibility of establishing the Region XII Monitoring Team.

The National Monitoring Mechanism (NMM) was established in 2014 to prevent and address cases of extrajudicial/extralegal Killings (ELKs), enforced disappearances (EDs), and torture.

Pampanga MT was the first regional team organized.  Visitors: Renante A. Bases and Brenda E. Canape, both from central CHR; Ranesh Ramos – CHR, Q.C.; Mary Joy S. Bravo, CHR XII; Dahlia D. Cawed, NCIP-Manila; Rosemarie Trajano, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates; Carol P. Sanchez-European – Philippine Justice Support Program (EP JUST II); Rey Pablo J. Santiago, Education/Ateneo Human Rights Center; and PI Jorge D. Tupas, PNP.



July 16, 2015.  Parish of Sagrada Familia, Bo. 5, Koronadal City.  Bishop confirmed 523, various ages.  Co-administrators of confirmation: Fr. Romeo Catedral, PP, SFP; Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas, PhD., Diocesan Schools’ Superintendent; Fr. Herminio Hongayo, Jr., Oeconomous-OLPH Seminary; Fr. Joel Sunga, on Sabbatical Leave; and Fr. Joemer Candido, Diocesan Finance Officer.

Bishop’s homily, Mt. 11: 28-30.  Jesus’ three instructions:

  1. “Come to me” those heavily burdened, I will give you rest.
  2. “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart.”
  3. “Take my Yoke” which is easy and my burden light. Christ’s yoke fits perfectly.  His command to love God and neighbors is not burdensome – unlike the thousands of precepts and regulations imposed by Moses and the Scribes.

A heavy burden is placed on the people of Surallah and T’boli – aerial spraying on the banana plantation owned by Sumitomo Fruit (Sumifru), Inc., a Japanese global corporation.  Skin itching and shortness of breath are being caused by the pesticides used in spraying.

Pope Francis condemned this model of mainly economic development in his encyclical “Laudato Si’”.  It violates human lives, human rights, biodiversity and cultural tradition in farming which is multi-crop, not mono crop.  Victims of this development aggression are mostly poor, children and elderly.

Let us support the struggle of Surallah and T’boli through prayers, resources and advocacy.



Bishop’s Residence, 16 July 2015, 6pm

Three experts conversed with Bishop Dinualdo on good governance and the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) regarding mining in Tampakan.

Bishop added a third topic – aerial spraying.  This explained the presence of Fr. Romeo Catedral, former Diocesan Social Action Director, Fr. Frank Romano, PP-Surallah and a victim; and Fr. Rodrigo Gegone, PP-T’boli, main site of banana plantation.

Experts: Rolando C. Esteban, Anthropologist, U.P. Diliman, Q.C.; Arvin A. Jo, Legal specialist, Ateneo School of Government (ASOG); and Manny Diaz, Geologist and Hydrologist, consultant.

Mr. Rene Pamplona, Advocacy Officer, DSAC represented Fr. Gillarme “Joy” Peliño, DSAD who is in Rome at present.

Agreements: (1) Ateneo will facilitate the filing of a TEPO (Temporary Environmental Protection Order) before the Supreme Court/Court of Appeals/Regional Trial Courts; (2) Ateneo will use their Laboratory facilities to examine the pesticides used in aerial spraying; (3) Fr. Romeo Catedral will talk to Gov. Daisy Avance Fuentes about the aerial spraying; (4) the experts will interview the stakeholders in Tampakan to find out whether the legal process on the FPIC was strictly followed.



St. Anthony Parish (Koronadal) – P18,000. Holy Cross Parish (Calumpang) – P6,000.  Sts. Peter and Paul Parish (Lagao) – P5,000.  St. Michael Parish (Dadiangas Heights) – P1,500.  Sta. Teresita Parish (Tupi) – P6,000.  Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Fatima, GSC) – P3,000.  St. John the Baptist Parish (Lake Sebu) – P2,000.  St. Francis Xavier Parish (Malapatan) – P5,000.  Thank you  for your support.



 General Santos Doctor’s Hospital

  1. Elvira Theodore Ibardo Lasa, SPC –  Superior/Administrator
  2. Marie Chantal Versosa, SPC –  Asst. Superior/Nursing Service Director
  3. Ma. Cresencia N. Esguerra, SPC –  Pastoral Ministry

Notre Dame of Surallah

  1. Sosima V. Ramos –  Superior/Principal
  2. Norma Torres
  3. Lolita Francisco

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