May 27, 2024

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Marilao Mayor Silvestre icon of wisdom in public service — DILG

By Justine Rich Talusan

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. has joined the entire DILG family in condoling with the bereaved family and constituents of Marilao, Bulacan Mayor Ricardo Silvestre who died in a  car crash on Sunday.

 Abalos, who is on home isolation after testing positive anew for COVID-19, said that the Marileños have lost a great leader whose legacy will remain in their lives.

 “We condole and pray for Mayor Silvestre’s bereaved loved ones and the Marileños for the loss of a great leader who was a reflection of both wisdom and enthusiasm amid decades of public service. His legacy shall remain and will live on in the lives of the Marileños he touched with his brand of leadership,’’ Abalos said .

Silvestre’s vehicle had just exited the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway when the sports utility vehicle driven by Rodel Alcantara rammed into an electric post.

The impact was so strong as indicated by the toppled post and wrecking of the front portion of the mayor’s Toyota Land Cruiser.

Both Alcantara and the mayor’s secretary, Karen Bonifacio, were injured but survived the accident.

Police are investigating a report that Alcantara might have fallen asleep while driving.

Reports said that Silvestre, Bonifacio, and Alcantara were able to answer some questions of the first responders before they were rushed to Medical City Clark.

The mayor, however, expired two hours later.

Silvestre, who was known for being good, hardworking and generous leader, was well-loved by his townmates and followers.

He served as Association of Barangay Captains  president for 11 years and later won as mayor in 2019 and was victorious in his re-election bid in 2022.