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Macias’ funeral is priority: Baldado

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Governor Jose “Petit” Baldado has appealed to the public to refrain from making political speculations while the Province is in mourning over the death of Gov. Emilio Macias II. {{more}}

Baldado said the funeral of the late Governor’s remains is of paramount importance. “Let’s finish the task at hand,” he said.

He made the appeal following a snowball of interest among political followers about who would succeed the governorship when Baldado ends serving the term of Macias on June 30.

“It’s too premature to talk about other things at this moment,” he said.

Macias’ cremated remains are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday and will lie in state at the Provincial Capitol until Saturday, where it will be brought to Siaton for an overnight vigil.

Macias’ remains will be interred at the Siaton Catholic Cemetery on Sunday noon, where his ashes will be laid to rest beside his parents’ tombs.

He will be accorded military honors on his funeral on account of his being a Colonel in the reserve force.

Since Macias’ death on Sunday, talk of the need for the Comelec to hold a special election to select the next governor had been a usual topic of gossip.

Lawyers are divided on the issue, as some say that the law of succession, as defined in the Local Government Code, would take its course come June 30.

Baldado said he spent his first day as Governor like it was just another day in the office. “There was nothing special about it because I was already Acting Governor. Besides, it was a holiday,” he said.

He said he expects job applicants to see him on Tuesday but he already knows that to do. “If there are applicants, I will refuse them. We are not yet in a position to accept applicants.”

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