Manila – Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of the Diocese of Cubao and the new Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Malolos, replacing Bishop Jose Oliveros who succumbed to cancer.
Bishop Ongtioco was first assigned as Bishop of Balanga (1998-2003) until he was transferred to lead the newly established Diocese of Cubao.
He graduated at the San Jose Seminary of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University where Cardinal Chito Tagle also studied.
As Bishop of Malolos, he will shepherd a flock composed of the whole province of Bulacan and the City of Valenzuela.
Previously, there were moves to establish the Diocese of Malolos to become an Archdiocese and then establish the Diocese of Meycauayan and the Diocese of Baliwag due to the swelling number of members of the congregation.