DUMAGUETE CITY–Two new officials have assumed the top leadership of Negros Oriental, following the death of Gov. Agustin Perdices at 5:15 p.m. due to stomach cancer at the St. Luke’s Global City in Metro Manila.
Vice Gov. Roel Degamo took his oath as Governor before RTC Executive Judge Fe Lualhati Bustamante while 1st Board Member Apolinario Arnaiz Jr. took his oath as Vice Governor before RTC Judge Noel Catacutan, in simple rites at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall around 7 p.m.
It was an impromptu program as their oath taking had already been scheduled for 8 a.m. of Thursday morning.
However, Rep. George Arnaiz, the brother of the new vice-governor, suggested to move the oath-taking earlier in order to prevent a power vacuum in the Province.
Perdices’ remains will be flown in on Friday afternoon on the Philippine Airlines flight. Interment has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 11 at 12 noon at the Dumaguete Memorial Park.*