While Dumagueteños and Negrenses alike are mourning the death of a great leader, the Roman Catholic Church also expressed grief over the loss of a great ally in the person of the late Gov. Agustin Ramon Perdices.
Vicar General Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing, in his homily during a memorial mass yesterday, said Perdices will be remembered by church people, as a great ally against all types of gambling, legal or illegal, against the proliferation of red houses in the city and province, against all forms of indecency, and against the reproductive health bill.
After assuming as governor, Perdices formed Task Force Kasaligan to combat the proliferation of illegal drugs and swertres.
Tulabing recalled the late governor as having joined and supported rallies against the RH bill, and now that he is gone, he is hoping that incumbent officials will do the same.
Tulabing also said, “We will bury his body on Tuesday (today) but not his soul for leaving a tremendous legacy to Dumagueteños and Negrenses alike. We will bury his head but not his wisdom which were shared by members of his family and everybody while serving as mayor of Dumaguete for 19 years, particularly his love to the poor. We will bury his heart but not his love because it will remain in the hearts and minds of everybody. We will bury his hands but not his good deeds and we will bury his feet but not his faith.”
He said Perdices has affected many lives in a positive way, making him a very significant person. He enjoined everybody to think of a legacy to leave behind when its time to go.
The remains of the late governor will be brought to the Cathedral for the requiem mass at high noon today with Bishop Angel Lagdameo officiating and will be laid to rest at the Dumaguete Memorial Park next to the tomb of his late wife.*JG
Meanwhile, Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District) also expressed yesterday his grief on the death of Perdices and he urged the people to offer prayers for the eternal repose of his soul.
Arnaiz said this is one of the saddest moments of the province as two great leaders died of cancer.
He admitted that he felt the emptiness after losing two of his close political partners. The Macias Arnaiz Perdices tandem was created when Perdices was still the mayor of Dumaguete City, while Arnaiz was governor and late Governor Macias was the 2nd District Representative.
In fact, one of the siblings of Perdices even expressed warning to Arnaiz to take care of his health, since he is the only one left of the MAP acronym.
He also promised to keep his body healthy like eating organically-grown fruits and vegetables, drinking of plenty of water, and do lots of exercise.
Arnaiz said the MAP was created out of friendship and pulling of resources in putting up and implementation of projects and programs for the province.
He said that everything happened for a reason, and it is about time for the local leaders of the province to contemplate on the message of the Almighty for the province.
Meanwhile, Arnaiz expressed his full trust and confidence with the leadership of assumed Governor Roel Degamo being a young and enthusiastic leader. He said Degamo does need much of an adviser because he has been in the local government for quite sometime.
Arnaiz also assured the people of Negros Oriental that the three representatives of the province will continue to cooperate in the implementation of the programs and projects in Negros Oriental.
He added the province needed the cooperation of every local official for the continuance and implementation of these projects.*MA
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