FORMER Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Pablo “Ambing” Magtajas passed away, Monday evening, June 19, at the age of 77.
He died of myocardial infarction or heart attack, according to City Councilor Reuben Daba, who is also close family friend.
Daba said Magtajas was brought to the Cagayan de Oro Medical Center Monday, June 19 around 11:30 am.
He said Magtajas had a heart attack while in the hospital and was subsequently put under intensive care.
Magtajas served as city mayor from 1984 to 1998.
After an unsuccessful run for city mayor in 2007, Magtajas withdrew from public life.
A lawyer by profession, he was a labor lawyer before turning to politics. (Alwen Saliring)