Beng honors late Susan’s legacy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2015 17:53

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

 

Mayor Beng Climaco honored the late Atty. Susan de los Reyes, calling the former councilor and Vice Mayor as an exemplary woman who left behind a legacy of love, dedication and service, in a special necrological service held at City Hall Thursday, August 20.

“Learn from [the life] of Mommy Lola, she gave you all the love that she had…she wants you to have a brighter future. She will always pray for you now in heaven,” Climaco told the daughters and granddaughters of the late De los Reyes.

In her eulogy, Climaco recounted how she, as a fifth-grade Girl Scout, shook the hand of De los Reyes who was then one of the local leaders of the Girl Scout movement in the City.

De los Reyes would later on become a party-mate of her uncle, the late Mayor Cesar Climaco. The chief executive said she idolized De los Reyes for her commitment and dedication to service.

The necrological service was led by City Mayor Beng Climaco together with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and the members of the City Council to pay their tribute and last respect to the former public servant.

Through Executive Order BC 130-2015, read by City Disaster Management Officer Elmeir Apolinario, the City Government hailed De los Reyes as an “exemplary public servant” and a “person who had only the interest of the citizenry in her heart”.

The Executive Order also directed the flying of the Philippine flag in the city at half-mast as a sign of mourning until the day of her internment on August 21.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panglungsod also extended its condolences through a Resolution of Condolence read by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde.

Eulogies were delivered by the grandchildren of De los Reyes, former City Councilor Abelardo Climaco Jr., and Councilor Roel Natividad, the brother of the De los  Reyes, who recalled fond memories and credited his older sister for guiding his path and encouraging him to keep on learning.

The necrological service was followed by a brief public viewing.

De los Reyes held various positions and activities and served the city with distinction and honor for the city as an elected member of the City Council, first, from March 3, 1980 to November 13, 1984 then as vice mayor by operation of law on Nov. 14, 1984 upon the death of the late City Mayor Cesar C. Climaco up to March 23, 1987.

De los Reyes passed away last August 12 due to a lingering illness. She was 67.

De los Reyes is survived by husband Rodolfo and children Rousseu Matthew, Rodolfo Flogil Jr., Rex Paul, Atty. Faith Suzette Kong, Seth Ryan and Maura Christine March and their spouses and children.  — Jasmine Mohammadsali