FORMER Cagayan de Oro mayor Pablo “Ambing” Magtajas passed away in a hospital here on Monday night. He was 77.
Magtajas died of cardiac arrest at the Cagayan de Oro Medical Center at around 8:20 pm.
He was among the longest serving mayors of Cagayan de Oro which he led before and after the 1986 Edsa revolution. Cagayan de Oro took the baby steps in its metamorphosis into a highly urbanized city during his administration.
Magtajas was a labor lawyer at the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congresss of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) who became the city’s vice mayor in 1980 when former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. was mayor. He served as the city’s mayor from 1982 to 1998.
The ex-mayor’s body lies in state at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes. Interment will be announced. (Jay Valleser)