Thousands of Dumagueteños and Negrenses turned out yesterday at the requiem mass for the late Gov Agustin Perdices officiated by Jaro, Iloilo City Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, who was bishop of the diocese of Dumaguete when Perdices was mayor of the city.
The funeral mass started at exactly 2 p.m., at the Dumaguete Cathedral that was jampacked by more than 5,000, aside from those who stayed outside the church and at the Quezon Park .
In his homily, Lagdameo paid tribute to the man he said had left a number of legacies for his predecessors to emulate.
Lagdameo, who was former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the late Gov. Perdices left a legacy of genuine public service without any corruption in his whole career as a politician.
Like his best friend, the late Gov. Emilio Macias II, Perdices also died at 76 years old, their deaths only 6 months apart. He considered the two great leaders of the province as inseparable twins, and only death had parted them, but only temporarily, because they are now rejoined in heaven.
Lagdameo quoted one of the late Gov. Perdices’ last words which were "Lord, you made me governor and now that I am governor, you’re in a hurry to take me. But I’m leaving my faith to God."
Lagdameo also said he believes in what the late governor's city legal officer for ten years, Neil Ray Lagahit said, that Perdices had fought a good fight.
Lagdameo described Perdices as an honest and incorruptible public official and a great ally of the church against all types of gambling and the RH Bill.
He said the two governors of the province, the late Gov. Macias and Gov. Perdices, were both good personal friends, playmates and good Christians. Both were honest and sincere in government service.
City, provincial and other local officials from Negros Occidental and other provinces and cities attended the funeral mass and the rites where his body was laid to rest at the Dumaguete Memorial Park next to his wife, Eugenia Araneta Perdices.
A 21-gun salute was accorded Governor Perdices as part of the ceremonies.*JG/RG
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