• Ilonggos mourn Tupas’ death

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    ILOILO CITY: More Ilonggos have expressed sadness over the passing of former Iloilo governor and congressman Niel Tupas Sr.

    This, as preparations are on the way for body of Tupas Sr. to arrive tomorrow, Friday. The Ilonggos will bid last farewell to the man who had served the government for five decades. He would be 83 on November 27.

    A wake and vigil will be held at the provincial capitol.

    Ilonggo leaders have expressed sympathy to the Tupas family. They cited Tupas Sr. for steering the province during the turbulent years of the Gloria Arroyo administration when he was ordered to vacate the provincial capitol.

    Ilonggo Senate President Franklin M. Drilon in a statement said, “I mourn the passing of former Gov. Niel Tupas, Sr. More than a political ally, he was a dear family friend. With Gov. Niel, I have shared many triumphs, and frustrations as well. His love and concern for his people is a quality, which can serve as a model for younger politicians. To paraphrase a Chinese philosopher, Gov. Niel’s greatest glory in his political career was not in never falling, but in rising every time he fell.”

    Incumbent Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor said the province lost a father and mentor.

    Municipal mayors and political leaders in the province expressed grief over Tupas’ death, saying he mentored them in public service.

    Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the province and the city are bind together for development. Tupas is the exact model of a committed politician who had put public service at the forefront, Mabilog said.

    LYDIA C. PENDON

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