FORMER Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas Sr., who served the government for more than five decades, passed away Tuesday at the Philippine Heart Center, where he was admitted for prostate cancer and heart failure. He was 82.
Tupas' remains will be brought to Iloilo on Friday and the wake will be held at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.
Tupas will be buried in his hometown, Barotac Viejo in northern Iloilo, early next month.
Tupas and his wife, Myrna, have seven children.
The eldest is Representative Niel Tupas Jr. (Iloilo, 5th district), who will be running as vice governor of the province in the 2016 polls.
The second son is Raul, an Army officer who returned to Iloilo to become the incumbent vice governor. Raul is planning to run for congressman in the province's fifth district.
The late governor's third son is Niel Tupas III, an engineer and incumbent municipal mayor of Barotac Viejo town.
Next is the only daughter, Nielette Tupas-Balleza, who is currently with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. She was followed by Dr. Darling Tupas, who is working in Metro Manila, then incumbent Iloilo City Councilor Nielex Tupas, and the youngest is Nielo, a member of the Iloilo Provincial Board.
Their mother, Myrna, is a daughter of the late Barotac Viejo mayor Raul Causing, who served during the Diosdado Macapagal era.
Tupas Sr. is best remembered as the municipal mayor who became the first national president of the Mayors' League of the Philippines, an assemblyman during the Marcos regime, an undefeated congressman of the Iloilo's fifth district and governor for consecutive three terms. (LCP/Sunnex)