Tatay Jun Cortes laid to rest

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Chris­tell Fatima M. Tud­tud/MBG

Man­daue City Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna re­called the re­mark­able ac­com­plish­ments of Coun­cilor Demetrio "Tatay Jun" Cortes Jr. as his re­mains were laid to rest in Man­daue City Ceme­tery yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Fortuna said Cortes was per­form­ing well as a coun­cilor and he was well-loved by the City Hall em­ploy­ees.

Among Cortes' ac­com­plish­ments were the ban on the use of plas­tics in the city, the in­crease of cash as­sis­tance to P6,000 from P3,000 for se­nior cit­i­zens, the grant­ing of P2,000 fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties (PWDs), and the in­crease of cash gifts to P50,000 from P5,000 for cen­te­nar­i­ans.

Cortes, 66, passed away on De­cem­ber 28 of last year due to chronic kid­ney dis­ease.

He is the third of 13 sib­lings. The youngest is for­mer mayor and now sixth district Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jonas Cortes.

Coun­cilor Cortes started his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer as vil­lage chief of Barangay Cen­tro. Be­fore he was elected coun­cilor for two terms, he served as vice mayor of then mayor Al­fredo “Pe­dong” Ouano.

In yes­ter­day's re­quiem mass, the mem­bers of the City Coun­cil led by Fortuna car­ried the white cas­ket of the late coun­cilor to the Na­tional Shrine of St. Joseph from the Man­daue City Hall.

City Coun­cilors Carmelino Del Mar, Jr., Mal­com Sanchez, Kevin Cabahug, Ernie Manatad, Ben­jamin Basiga, and Elmer Cabahug also car­ried the cof­fin to­gether with Fortuna.

Col­leagues, friends, rel­a­tives and the im­me­di­ate fam­ily, who were all wear­ing black and white shades, waited in­side the church.

Jonas and his fam­ily were also there.

Man­daue City Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumb­ing also graced the re­quiem mass.

The fi­nal wake was held last Fri­day at the Cortes an­ces­tral house in Barangay Cen­tro.

Ne­cro­log­i­cal ser­vices were con­ducted by fam­ily and friends as well as the depart­ment heads of the Man­daue City Hall on the same day.

Cortes left one seat in the coun­cil va­cant and Fortuna said the city's Lib­eral Party will choose his re­place­ment.


Man­daue City Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna (cen­ter) leads the mem­bers of the city coun­cil in car­ry­ing the cas­ket that bears the re­mains of Coun­cilor Demetrio "Tatay Jun" Cortes Jr. from Man­daue City Hall to the Na­tional Shrine of St. Joseph.

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