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The Philippine flag at Baguio City Municipal Hall remained at half-mast for entire week.
Baguio City, Philippines – The city’s top councilor, Edison Bilog, was appointed as new vice mayor on Friday replacing Daniel Fariñas who passed away last Sunday morning after his health complications that led to internal bleeding.
City Government of Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan explained the assumption of Bilog was done in peaceful activity this week with the great respect to the blued family of interim vice mayor Fariñas whose remains are still at the Sangguniang Panlungsod until early morning of Saturday, May 10, where his remains slated to be moved at the St. Vincent’s Church for his burial mass while internment will follow at the City of Pines’ Memorial Park.
Domogan stated, via text message, that they can no longer postpone the ratification of Bilog on Monday as many appointments of municipal employees of the vice mayor and city councilors would be affected with the sudden death of their appointing officer based on the code of rule by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Fariñas is a long-time vice mayor of this city, serving the position from 1992 to 2001, and again re-elected from 2007 to 2014. He also served as municipal councilor for nearly a decade.
Last Thursday evening, Congressman Nicasio Aliping Jr. led in paying tribute by citing Farinas as “the best vice-mayor we ever had” during an ecumenical service that the city representative’s office sponsored.
City officials are still in discussion of the replacement of Councilor Bilog. Among potential candidates as replacement in the City Council, which are now 11 councilors, are the wife of the late Fariñas, who also holds the position of Barangay Chairwoman in Upper Quezon Hill, and Liberal Party’s Mark Go, who lost in the congressional race in his district in the previous election. – CentrioTimes.com