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Samboan mayor dies, vice mayor assumes post
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Samboan Vice Mayor Emerito "Doc Tito" Calderon, Jr. took his oath as town mayor before Gov. Gwen Garcia Wednesday, December 23. (Junjie Mendoza)

Samboan Vice Mayor Emerito "Doc Tito" Calderon, Jr. has assumed the post left behind by his father, Mayor Emerito Calderon, Sr.

He took his oath of office today, December 23, before Governor Gwendolyn Garcia at the Provincial Governor's Office in Capitol.

Mayor Emerito Sy Calderon, Sr. passed away at 88 years old Wednesday, December 23 because of heart failure, a family statement confirmed.

Calderon Sr. was on his second term as mayor of the Municipality of Samboan.

He is survived by his spouse, the former vice governor of Cebu and former mayor of Samboan Beatriz Durano Calderon, and their six children: Marissa Jude Calderon-Alazas, 7th District Representative Atty. Peter John Calderon, Samboan's Association of Barangay Captains President Raymond Joseph Calderon, then Vice Mayor Emerito Emmanuel "Doc Tito" Calderon, Jr., Atty. Emmeline Calderon-David and Alyssa Calderon-Roska, as well as sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.

He represented the old fifth congressional district of Cebu in the 7th Congress. The district was then comprised of the towns of Alcantara, Alegria, Badian, Boljoon, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Moalboal, Oslob, Samboan, and Santander.

Mayor Calderon Jr., otherwise known as "Doc Tito," is a practicing neurologist. 

Mayor Doc Tito committed to do his best to complete the programs and projects left behind by his father, and continue the legacy of leadership and service.

"I will do my best to follow in his footsteps by keeping up with the standards he set in public service and with his love for Samboan," the new mayor expressed.

In a statement, Mayor Doc Tito mentioned of the achievements left behind by his father as a member of the Batasang Pambansa during the 1984 elections.

The late Mayor Calderon also served as the duly elected partylist representative of the Philippine Coconut Producers Federation (Cocofed) for two consecutive terms in the 12th and 13th Congresses.

During the Marcos era, the senior Calderon was appointed Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications. He was a lawyer by profession, a business entrepreneur, and a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law Class of 1955.

As Mayor Doc Tito leaves the vice mayor post vacant, Councilor Irving Gamallo took his oath of office, as well, as the new vice mayor of Samboan. (Eleanor Valeros)