Vol. Issue No. 2 January-February
The province of Apayao has just lost two of its most durable and respected political leaders during their time, Ricardo D. De San Jose (1929-2015) of Flora and Elias K. Bulut Sr. (1939-2015) of Calanasan.
One of the country’s longest serving mayor, De San Jose died of heart complications on December 24, 2015 at the St. Paul Medical Center in Tuguegarao City. He was 86.
Also last year his son Dr. Efren De San Jose died of lung cancer a year before completing his full nine-year term as Flora’s chief executive.
The elder De San Jose served as town mayor for 32 years (1967-1998), interrupted only in the aftermath of the so-called People Power Revolution when then President Corazon Aquino replaced all existing local chief executives with officers-in-charge (OICS) until after the 1990 election when he regained leadership.
After a long bout with cancer, Bulut, known as the father of Apayao Province, died on Dec. 5, 2015 at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Quezon City.
Bulut, who was on his second term as Mayor of Calanasan at the time of his death, initiated the move to make Apayao as a separate province from Kalinga during his tenure as Member of the House of Representatives. De San Jose was also a signatory to that historic undertaking.
Both have also taken part in the initiative to the realization of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as a separate enity, which helped paved the way for significant progress in Apayao.