Bishop Emeritus Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel, Philippines dies

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus Dinualdo Gutierrez of the Marbel diocese in the Philippines, 79, died early yesterday morning, in a General Santos City hospital, according to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). He would have been 80 on February 20.

In a statement, the current bishop, Allan Casicas, said, "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Most Rev. Dinualdo Gutierrez, Bishop-Emeritus of Marbel. He passed away 5:03 AM, February 10, 2019, at the Gen. Santos Doctors' Hospital." Casicas also asked people to "please pray for the repose of his soul".

Gutierrez was described by the CBCP as "a strong advocate for the environment in a province threatened by mining interests." Under him, the diocese had protested against a copper and gold mining project.

Gutierrez was suffering from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was reportedly seen with a small oxygen tank during public events.