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Roy Lagarde | CBCP News
May 12, 2018
MALOLOS CITY – Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos has died after a long battle with cancer on Friday morning.
He was 71 years old.
Oliveros died at around 9:12am at the Mary Immaculate Hospital in Malolos City.
Fr. Nick Lalog, spokesman of the diocese, said the bishop was found unconscious in his room at around 8am.
He said the bishop was then rushed to the nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Oliveros had been been under treatment for prostate cancer since 2015, which has limited his physical activities.
But Lalog said Oliveros’ health condition has not stopped the prelate from doing his duties.
Visibly frail, he was last seen publicly at the Malolos Cathedral on April 30 during the ordination of the diocese’s vicar general, Msgr. Bartolome Santos Jr., as bishop of the Diocese of Iba.
His remains will lie in state at the cathedral, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, in Malolos City.
Funeral services are planned for 9am on Thursday, May 17 at the Malolos Cathedral. Interment will follow in the crypt below the basilica’s altar.
Oliveros was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lucena by Pope Paul VI at Rizal Park in Manila on Nov. 28, 1970. He was then incardinated to the Diocese of Dumaca in 1984.
In 2000, he was appointed bishop for the Diocese of Boac. Four years later, Oliveros was named the fourth bishop of Malolos, a post he held for almost 14 years.
During his active ministry, Oliveros served as Vice-Chairman of the bishops’ Commission on Doctrine of the Faith, Chairman of the Office on Bioethics, and Vice-Chairman of the Commission on the Laity.