Bishop Broderick Pabillo stressed that his goal is to enlighten the public with the truth and promote justice during his installation as the second Vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay (AVT) on Thursday.
During his homily, the 66-year-old prelate highlighted his visions in AVT includes standing on human rights and being firm with providing criticisms to politicians. He expressed his willingness to cooperate with government officials for the betterment of the community.
“Ang aking magiging layunin lamang ay liwanagan ang mga tao sa katotohanan, isulong ang katarungan, pangalagaan ang kalikasan na biyaya ng manlilikha para sa lahat at hindi lang sa iilan, at panindigan ang karapatan ng bawat isang tao sapagkat ang bawat isa ay mahalaga,” he said in front of the government officials attended the installation.
“Pero sana maintindihan ninyo na kung minsan makakarinig kayo ng mabibigat na puna galing sa akin; hindi iyan nangangahulugan na tinitira ko kayo personally. Maging professional at mature lang tayo,” he added.
He said he is open to personal connections with the officials as fellow servants and Christians but also stressed the need for him to speak in public to guide the people. Pabillo was also known as an outspoken bishop while serving at the Archdiocese of Manila.
Aside from talking to priests under AVT, Pabillo also would like to reach out to the lay leaders once that has been delayed due to protocols.
“Hindi lang ako sasawsaw sa kalagayan ng mga local na simbahan; balak kong bumabad sa kanila, lalo na sa kalagayan ng mga nasa tabi-tabi o nasa laylayan ng lipunan. Sana po tanggapin nyo rin ako,” he said.
He mentioned that he must also practice the messages of God. He also reminded the faithful that the faith separated from love is nothing.
“Para sa inyo na ako ngayon. Sisikapin kong ibuhos ang aking sarili sa inyo. Hindi ako pipigil na magsasalita at kikilos upang iligtas kayo sa panganib at sa mga panlilinlang,” he said.
Pabillo viewed his installation as a miracle from God as it happened during the time of the pandemic. He succeeded Bishop Edgardo Juanich to whom he expressed gratitude for serving as the first bishop of the vicariate.
Bishop Juanich resigned due to health reasons in November 2018 and for three years, Rev. Fr. Reynante Aguanta served as the apostolic administrator for AVT.
Fr. Aguanta said while they waited for their new Bishop, every parish in the vicariate prayed for enlightenment of Pope Francis and other church leaders in choosing a new prelate that will lead them and was happy to have their prayers finally answered.
“Sa palagay ko, mas maliwanag pa sa magandang panahon sa araw na ito, ang ating panalangin ay dininig ng Diyos. We have a bishop,” Fr. Aguanta said after the installation rites.
On June 29, Pope Francis appointed Pabillo as the second Vicar Apostolic of Taytay. Prior to his appointment, Pabillo served as auxiliary bishop of Manila since 2006.
His installation coincides with the celebration of the feast of St. Ezekiel Moreno and his ordination as bishop at San Ezekiel Moreno Parish in Barangay Macarascas, Puerto Princesa, 15 years ago. He also served as parish priest of Macarascas from 1999-2006 prior to his Episcopal ordination.