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PIA Press Release
2006/10/18

Vatican appoints Borongan bishop as bishop of Tagbilaran

Tacloban City (October 18) -- Bishop Leonardo Yuzon Medroso of the Diocese of Borongan has just been appointed as the Bishop of Tagbilaran. This was announced October 17, 7:00 o’clock in the evening Manila time or 12:00 noon Vatican time.

Bishop Medroso was appointed as bishop of Borongan on December 18, 1986 and was ordained as bishop on March 17, 1987. He has then been bishop of Borongan for more than 19 years and a priest for more than 34 years.

The position of Bishop of Tagbilaran has been vacant since the bishop from November 28, 1992, Bishop Leonardo Tumulak has been appointed on January 15, 2005 as the Bishop of the Philippine military.

Bishop Medroso was born in Ormoc City in Leyte on November 6, 1938 and was ordained priest of the Achdiocese of Palo on March 30, 1963. His ministry started in 1963 as the Parochial Vicar of Barugo, Leyte. From 1963 to 1966, he became the Parochial Vicar of Jaro, Leyte. He was Parochial Vicar of Carigara, Leyte from 1966-1967 and the Parish Priest of Tolosa, Leyte from 1967 to 1968.

Bishop Medroso became the Parish Priest of PHHC Tacloban from 1968-1970, the Vice Rector and Prefect of the Sacred Heart Seminary from 1070-1971 and the Parish Priest of Tanauan, Leyte from 1974-1978. From 1974 to 1987, he was Chancellor-Secretary Consultor. From 1978 to 1987, Bishop Medroso was the Parish Priest of Palo, Leyte and at the same time he was the Vicar Forane of Palo vicariate from 1982 to 1985 and the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Palo from 1984 to 1987.

Bishop Medroso took up his elementary education at the Ormoc Elementary School, his secondary education at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Ormoc, his college education at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Tanauan, Leyte and his Theology at the UST Central Seminary.

Known for his advocacy on environmental protection, Bishop Medroso has been in the news because had very strong words against mining. In an item ran by the Inquirer recently, he went as far as to say, "Mining is anti-life." Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Borongan in Eastern Samar and 50 other priests in the diocese have asked Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes to cancel the mining permit issued to the Heritage Resources and Mining Corp. (HRMC), which is engaged in chromite extraction in Homonhon Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

In the letter-petition, Medroso and his priests said the mining activity conducted by the HRMC in the island "has done more harm to the environment and little to alleviate the people's poverty."

"The short-term employment and income benefits mining has provided our people are overshadowed by the environmental costs, social costs and economic costs directly associated with the mining operations," Medroso said.

At a press conference, Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Borongan, Bishop Jose Palma of Calbayog, Bishop Emmanuel Trance of Catarman and Bishop Emeritus Angel Hobayan of Catarman accused the Department of Natural Resources of hastily issuing a timber license agreement (TLA) to the San Jose Timber Corp. (SJHTC), a firm reportedly owned by Sen. Enrile.

Bishop Leonardo Medroso as Bishop of the Diocese of Borongan has taken the initiative to seek the return of the bells of Balangiga town, Eastern Samar that were taken as war trophies by American soldiers in 1901. In a news report, he said he planned to write US President George W. Bush and other concerned people about the Balangiga bells. (PIA 8) [top]

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