[From Rashid RH. Bajo]
TACURONG CITY, Philippines –– An online blogger pushed for the recognition of 83-year old Fidel Fortis, the first appointed “officer–in–charge” (OIC) governor of Sultan Kudarat province, and among the “first batch” high school graduates of Catholic–run Notre Dame here.
Fortis died few months ago due to lung cancer, according to online blogger Apolinario Villalobos.
Villalobos said Fortis was appointed by former President Cory Aquino as “OIC” governor of the province last February 25, 1986. The old man served the province for several years.
Fortis was also one of the first batch of high school students who graduated at the Notre Dame in this city.
Villalobos said Fortis can be considered as one of the valuable parts of Sultan Kudarat history and governance, citing his contributions while serving the province as governor in OIC–capacity.
“Sana mabigyan ng parangal si Mr. Fortis bilang pagkilala sa kanyang mga naimbag sa history at governance ng probinsya,” said Villalobos, who is also hoping that the Catholic–run Notre Dame will also give due recognition to him being its “first batch of graduates.” (Photo credit to Apolinario Villalobos)