Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Manaoag Vice Mayor Garcia dies; 69

MANAOAG – The vice mayor of Manaoag, who served as town mayor for three consecutive terms or nine years passed away Tuesday (Sept. 13) after suffering a heart attack.

Vice Mayor Pedrito Garcia, 69, died on arrival at the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City past noon Tuesday where he was rushed by aides after he collapsed while at the town’s Pyramid of Asia Resort.

Still unmarried, Garcia was mayor of Manaoag from 1995 to 2004, completing the three-term limit. In his desire to continue his service to his constituents, he ran for vice mayor as an independent bet in last year’s May election and still won.

Mayor Napoleon Sales, who was vice mayor of Garcia for nine consecutive years, led his townmates in mourning the demise of Garcia.As mayor, Garcia was the chief architect in the emergence of Manaoag as one of central Pangasinan’s fast-moving municipalities, living up to its reputation as religious capital of the province of Pangasinan.

A loyal partner of House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr., congressman of the fourth district of Pangasinan, Garcia was a lawyer by profession who responded to the irresistible call for public service.

He will be succeeded by Councilor Kim Michael Amador, the youngest member of the municipal council, who topped the council race on his first political try.Amador himself is facing an election protest filed by a defeated candidate for councilor which is still pending before the Commission of Elections.

The new vice mayor is the son of Alcide Amador, an official of the Department of Environment and National Resources in Region III and the former Dahlia de Guzman of the Philippine Tourism Authority. (PNA)

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