FORMER Cebu governor Pablo “Pabling” Garcia died Wednesday night, August 18, 2021 at the age of 95.
The father of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, 3rd district) was a three-term governor of Cebu (1995-2004) and a deputy speaker of the House of Representatives in the 14th and 15th Congresses representing Cebu’s second congressional district (2007-2013).
He was also a third district congressman (1987-1995), vice governor (1969-1971), Provincial Board member (1967-1969), and Dumanjug municipal councilor (1951).
He was a bar topnotcher, placing third, in the 1951 Bar Examinations.
In view of quarantine restrictions, his wake and interment services are limited to immediate family members.
Requesting for prayers and privacy, the family said in a news release that further announcements on necrological services will be made as soon as quarantine restrictions ease.
The older Garcia was last seen visiting the Provincial Capitol during the Governor’s birthday in October 2020.
Capitol officials led by Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III are set to pass a resolution honoring the former governor.
Board Member John Esmael Borgonia described Pabling as a role model and a “true public servant.”
Cebu City officials also mourned Garcia’s death.
“On behalf of the City Government, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Garcia, of course led by (Governor) Gwendolyn Garcia, for the untimely demise of former governor Pabling Garcia,” said Acting Mayor Michael Rama.
“Rest in Eternal Peace, dear Lolo Pabling. Yours was a life to emulate. You made your family proud. You made Cebu proud. You made your country proud,” said Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia, whose grandfather, Jesus P. Garcia Sr., was Pabling’s older brother.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said Pabling’s death was a loss not only to Cebu but the entire nation as he was an “exceptional public servant admired for his diligence, intelligence and integrity.”
Velasco noted that Garcia dedicated two-thirds of his life to public service, which he described as “an extraordinary feat worthy of emulation.”
Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Paz Radaza, in a statement, also said Garcia’s legacies “will forever be cherished.” (PR, MVE, JJL, SunStar Philippines with GCM)