THE late Mandaue City Councilor Demetrio “Tatay Jun” Cortes Jr. was laid to rest at the Cortes mausoleum in Mandaue City Cemetery Saturday afternoon.
Cortes, 66, died due to a chronic kidney disease in a private hospital last December 28.
He was the first councilor of Mandaue and was serving his last term as a councilor.
From the Cortes ancestral house, his wake was transferred to the Mandaue City Hall before the requiem mass at the National Shrine of Saint Joseph (NSSJ) at 3 p.m.
At 2:45 p.m., his casket was carried by Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna together with Councilors Carmelino Del Mar Jr., Ernie Manatad, Kevin Cabahug, Benjamin Basiga, Elmer Cabahug and Malcolm Sanchez going to NSSJ, which is across the City Hall.
Councilors Nenita Layese and Cynthia Remedio accompanied them.
Hundreds of families, relatives, workers in the government and friends gathered at the church to pay their last respect to the late councilor.
Rep. Jonas Cortes (Cebu, 6th district), the younger brother of the late councilor, and City Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing arrived before the mass started.
Cortes was remembered as a good public servant.
He was the author of the ordinances related to the plastic bag ban, increase of the financial assistance for the senior citizens from P3,000 to P6,000, extend cash aid worth P2,000 to person-with-disabilities, and increasing the cash gift for the centenarian from P5,000 to P50,000.
In an interview, Fortuna said they will have to reorganize in the City Council so other councilors will chair the committees left by Cortes.
Cortes is the chairman of the committees on education, social services, and police, fire and penology.
“As a colleague, I feel the loss of his presence in the council. He performed well as a councilor, especially in his committees,” said Fortuna.
As to who will replace Cortes, he said the Liberal Party will have to decide on that matter.
“The replacement should come from the party that he won in the elections,” Fortuna added.
The late councilor served as the barangay captain of Centro in the early days of his political career.
He became the vice mayor of Mandaue for one term, which was during the time of former mayor Alfredo "Pedong" Ouano. (SunStar Cebu)