In an unprecendent turn of events, Negros Oriental is probably the first in recent years, where three different individuals, all duly elected took the helm of the highest post of a province within a seventh months period. This following the sudden demise of Governor Agustin Perdices after succumbing to stomach cancer last January 5 at St Lukes Global City Hospital. He was 76.
PDI’s Alex Pal reported:
“Perdices served as Dumaguete City Mayor for 19 years before he was elected as Negros Oriental Vice Governor in May 2010. But as fate would have it, he was thrust to the governorship with the death of Gov. Emilio Macias II last June 13.
Perdices shocked Negrenses when he announced last November that he had stomach cancer. His doctors recommended that he undergo 12 chemotherapy sessions. He was about to have his seventh session when his condition suddenly worsened last Monday.”
In effect, Vice-Governor Roel Degamo (previously the Number 1* elected Board-Member) assumed the governorship by virtue of the rules on succession. Accordingly, the Number 2 elected Board Member Apolinario Arnaiz, former Pamplona town mayor & brother to Rep. George Arnaiz assumed the Vice-Governorship.
As to the vacuum in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, former Dauin Mayor & now Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Alanano assumed the vacant post vacated by Degamo after he was nominated by the party affiliated by the vacating official. As of press time, the additional member of the Board, to replace VG Arnaiz still remains to be known.
The remains of Perdices, the son of the late NegOr governor Mariano lie in state in the following venues: Provincial Capitol, Dumaguete City Hall, Perdices Ancestral House & their family home, all in Dumaguete City. Interment is scheduled on January 11, Tuesday 10am at the Dumaguete Memorial Park.
*with the highest total votes
References: The Negros Chronicle, Visayan Daily Star & http://www.negor.gov.ph