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Benhur, a man of good character
By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Former 4th District Congressman Benhur Salimbangon died on December 24, a day before Christmas at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. He died at the age of 75 after two years of battling lung cancer. (PHOTO: PB Member Francis Salimbangon)

“Up until his last breath, Cong. Benhur fought a good fight; but now, God has him back in his Kingdom as His warrior.”

Philippine Councilors League (PCL) President Francis Edward Salimbangon expressed this in his Facebook page on the death of his father, former Congressman Benhur Salimbangon.

Benhur died on December 24, a day before Christmas at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. He died at the age of 75 after two years of battling lung cancer.

Francis described his father as a man with good character. 

“Benhur was a loving brother, doting husband, guiding father, and caring Lolo. He was the father of the 4th district, the visionary of the North, and a true champion of public service - the epitome of commitment, integrity, and character,” his Facebook post read.

As a congressman, Benhur made numerous improvements in the fourth district in terms of infrastructure and health, among others. 

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in her fourth term as governor of Cebu, appointed Benhur as consultant because of his accomplishment and track record that brought improvements to his district. 

Aside from being a former congressman, Benhur also served as a provincial board member in the fourth district for three terms. 

Benhur will be laid to rest Wednesday, December 30 at Mactan Island Memorial Garden in Lapu-lapu City after a mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Lahug, Cebu City.

Political life

Benhur made history for the Province of Cebu as he was the first congressman who ran for four elections for the congressional seat in the Province’s fourth district. 

He served in the 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th congress from 2007 to 2019. 

However, his first term was not counted after the Supreme Court declared Martinez as the duly elected representative of the fourth district in the May 14, 2007 elections. 

In the 2007 national and local elections, Benhur ran against Celestino “Tining” Martinez III where he was proclaimed winner in the fourth district. However, Martinez filed an election protest. 

Although the 1987 Constitution provides that no member of the House of Representatives shall serve for more than three consecutive terms, Benhur was able to run in 2010, 2013, and 2016 since his first term was not counted. 

After his last congressional term ended in 2019, Benhur’s wife, Janice ran and won the congressional seat in the fourth district. (Mylen Manto)