DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO – Nehemias de la Cruz, former mayor of this town, and former board member of the First District of Negros Occidental, was laid to rest here on his 66th birth anniversary yesterday.
His former rebel comrades, family, friends and constituents paid their last respects to him as his ashes were placed in a mausoleum at Villa Ika.
His casket before his body was cremated was also buried along with his personal belongings.
His family led by his wife Cynthia, son Mayor Laurence Marxlen, Vice Mayor Nehemiah Joe, and other immediate family members, including his siblings and grandchildren led the interment rites.
Birthday messages also greeted the former leader.
His wife and family members were one in considering him as a man of many titles.
To his old Red comrades, he was a revolutionary fighter and commander. To the opposition, he was a warlord; a brother to the labor cause; the founder to the town folks.
“To us, he was just a determined husband, a beloved father, a loving grandfather, a supportive brother, a concerned cousin, and a great uncle to many,” Mrs. De la Cruz said.
Eldest son, Mayor Laurence Marxlen de la Cruz, expressed his gratitude to those who paid their final respects to his father.