Ex-Kidapawan Bishop Pueblos dies at 74

Church • Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:08 PM  •  187   0
By Edwin O. Fernandez
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Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, 74 (CBCP)
Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, 74 (CBCP)
COTABATO CITY – Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos has returned to his Creator Saturday evening due to lingering illness, his secretary Fr. Michael Abellanosa today said.  

In a text message, his secretary in the Diocese of Butuan, Fr. Michael Abellanosa, said Bishop Pueblos breathed his last at 6:55 p.m.  

“Today, Oct 21, at 6.55 p.m., Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos, D.D. returned home to the Heavenly Father. May he rest in peace,” Fr. ABellanosa said.  

Bishop Pueblos death came three days after the country’s oldest cardinal, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, former archbishop of Cebu, had died due to “due to infection leading to septic shock” on October 18, according to Msgr. Joseph Tan, the Cebu archdiocese’s spokesperson.   He was 86 at the time of his death at 7:26 a.m.  

Fr. Abellanosa did not say what caused the bishop’s death.    The bishop had been confined in Cardinal Santos hospital in Manila for still unknown illness.  

Bishop Pueblos’ death was also confirmed by Bishop Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran who broke the news on his Facebook account: “SAD NEWS. Today, Oct 21, at 6.55pm, Bishop Juan De Dios ‘DD’ Pueblos (a Boholano bishop) returned home to the Heavenly Father. May he rest in peace. Amen.”    

Pueblos became controversial in 2011 when he received a Mitsubishi Montero from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) after he wrote then President Gloria Macapagal-Arrroyo requesting a vehicle for his 66th birthday.  

At the height of the Duterte administration’s campaign against drugs, Pueblos urged the government to respect the judicial process when dealing with drug users and pushers.  

Pueblos was born on March 8, 1943 in Moto Sur in Loon town, Bohol and was educated at the Immaculate Heart Seminary in Tagbilaran and San Carlos Major Seminary.  
He was ordained a priest on March 28, 1968  and spent the next 17 years serving in pastoral and educational assignments.  

On April 29, 1985, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Davao. His episcopal ordination was on June 24, 1985.

On Feb. 3, 1987, he was appointed Bishop of Kidapawan and served there for eight years. The Pope appointed him Second Bishop of Butuan on Nov. 24, 1995. He was installed on Jan. 17, 1996.  

Until his death, Bishop Pueblos was a member of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Family and Life and vice chairman of Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA).  

Fluent in English, Tagalog, Cebuano and Boholano, Pueblos finished his elementary at Loon Central Elementary School in 1947 and high school at Sacred Heart Academy in 1953.  

In 1958, he earned Philosophy at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Bohol and Theology at San Carlos Major Seminary in 1960.  

Most of his assignments were in Bohol until he was named as auxiliary Bishop of Davao then bishop of Kidapawan. (Edwin O. Fernandez)
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