Ex-Guimaras guv dies
FORMER Guimaras Gov. Abelardo Javellana passed away Sunday, leaving an untarnished public service record as provincial chief executive and as mayor of Buenavista town. He was 86.
Javellana served as governor from 1986 to 1988 after he was appointed by President Cory Aquino following People Power Revolution. Prior to his brief stint at the Guimaras capitol, he served as mayor of Buenavista for 18 years, starting in 1968.
His interment is set on Sunday (July 16) at the Mantangingi cemetery after an 8:30 a.m. mass at Mantangingi chapel.
During the Marcos regime, Javellana was the only mayor in Iloilo who joined the opposition party UNIDO, a bold move that earned him the accolade of anti-Marcos forces in Western Visayas.
A veteran of World War II, he was also credited for having led a guerilla unit that rescued American soldiers whose planes were gunned down by the Japanese off the coast of Pulupandan in Negros.
Javellana is survived by his wife, the former Letecia Tarroza of Jaro, and his children Ofelia (widow of Roberto Palabrica), Pilar (married to Powel Jamandre), Cynthia (widow of Dr. Napoleon Ledesma and now married to Dr. Venancio Teves), Pacita (married to Manuel Jon), Jerry (former board member of Guimaras and married to Aileen Lemoncito) and Melquiades.
He is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
His body lies in state at the St. Therese Mortuary in Molo and will be transferred to the Buenavista municipal hall at 1:30 p.m. on July 12. On July 13, his body will be brought to the family residence in Barangay Mantangingi in Buenavista.
During his term as mayor, Javellana undertook the construction of the modern Buenavista municipal building and the Monument of Freedom at the town plaza to honor 69 heroic men and women who were killed during World War II.
In 1969, the then Presidential Arm on Community Development (now the Department of Interior and Local Government) honored him as one of the distinguished and outstanding mayors in the Philippines.
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