CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 04 August) — The burial of this city’s former archbishop, who successfully led a campaign to block the entry of a casino, has been set on Aug. 7.
Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said Archbishop Emeritus Jesus B. Tuquib would be interred at the Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral in keeping with Church tradition.
Two other former bishops—James Thomas G. Hayes and Patrick Henry Cronin—were also buried at the cathedral.
Tuquib, the first Filipino archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, died last Aug. 2 after a long illness that brought him in and out of hospital. He was 89.
Appointed on Jan. 5, 1988, Tuquib was the first Filipino prelate of the Cagayan de Oro diocese since it was founded on Jan. 20, 1933. When he retired on March 4, 2006, Ledesma took his place.
The Cagayan de Oro faithful best remember Tuquib for leading protest actions against the operation of a casino in the city in 1993.
The absence of a casino in Cagayan de Oro until today is a legacy of Tuquib’s reign as leader of the Catholic flock here.
In 2001, Tuquib also led rallies demanding the resignation of then President Joseph Estrada because of corruption. Estrada was forced to leave the Palace by people power. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)