By Christina Hermoso
Retired Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Jesus B. Tuquib passed away on Thursday, August 1, after a lingering illness. He was 89.
The archbishop, who served the archdiocese for 18 years from 1988 until his retirement in 2006, died at the Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital at 5:30 p.m., according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Born in Clarin, Bohol on June 27, 1930, Tuquib was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tagbilaran in 1959. In 1973, he was appointed as the first bishop of Pagadian, a post that he held until 1984 when he was named coadjutor archbishop of Cagayan de Oro.
In 1988, he was named as the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, succeeding retired Archbishop Patrick Henry Cronin. Tuquib led a successful protest action against the opening of a gambling casino in a local hotel in CDO.
The remains of the prelate were brought to the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral for public viewing. Tuquib will be interred at the cathedral following a funeral mass at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7.