Ilagan City, Isabela has a new bishop

Published November 15, 2018, 10:04 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Nueva Segovia Auxiliary Bishop David William Antonio is the new bishop of Ilagan City in Isabela province.


Pope Francis appointed Antonio on Wednesday. He will be fifth bishop of the diocese in Isabela province and will succeed Bishop Joseph Nacua, 73, who resigned from the post for health reasons in 2017.

According to a CBCP News post, the new Ilagan prelate will also continue to serve as Apostolic Administrator of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro.

It was in March 2018 when Antonio, 54, was appointed apostolic administrator of San Jose after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Antonio Palang.

Antonio was born in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur and was ordained priest for Nueva Segovia in 1988. He was appointed to the episcopacy in 2011.

He was also Pope Benedict XVI’s last appointee that was ordained to the episcopate in the Philippines before he resigned in 2013.

Antonio is currently the chair of the CBCP Commission on Vocations.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has also accepted the resignation for health reasons of Bishop Edgardo Juanich, 66, and appointed an administrator for the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay.

Fr. Reynante Aguanta will oversee the affairs of the vicariate until the appointment of a new bishop.

Juanich, 66, relinquished his post after 16 years of service.