Former Daraga Municipal Mayor and 2010 mayoral candidate, Gerry R. Jaucian, extended his sympathies to the family and relatives of the late Cong. Carlos “Papay” Imperial last Monday, April 12. Imperial died after battling with pneumonia and other complications at Medical City Hospital last April 11.
In the recollection of Mayor Jaucian, Cong. Imperial is a”Daragueño sa puso asin sa gibo.” Despite generating low election votes in his hometown, Daraga remained as a priority area for his congressional funds.
Sabi ni Mayor Jaucian, “Kan kita nagsirbing mayor sa Daraga, yaon si Congressman na pirming naka-antabay para kita suportaran lalo na sa mga proyekto na kung saen limitado lang an pondo kan munisipyo. Kaiba sa mga proyektong katabang niyato si Congressman Imperial iyo an mga infrastraktura arog kan mga tinampo, line canals, school and barangay facilities.”
It is also claimed that had it not for the desilting projects financed both by the Offices of then-Mayor Gerry Jaucian and Cong. Imperial since 2001, the destruction and death brought about by Typhoons Milenyo and Reming could have been greater. “Posible pa nganing napa-atab an distroso kan mudslide asin flash flood kun bako sa congressional fund ni Congressman,” dagdag pa ni Mayor Jaucian. The mudslide and flashflood was an effect of the build-up of volcanic materials from the crater of Mayon Volcano.
Cong. Imperial is also instrumental to the creation of Bicol University and the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. He is also one of the founding members of the Bicol Bloc – one of the recognized groups in the Congress and noted for delivering solid votes.
“Si Congressman an saro sa mga nagserbing ama asin amigo kan kita alkalde kan Daraga. Siya an nagtukdo sato na enoton sa gabos an pagtaong serbisyo sa mga tawo. Ini an dahilan kun nata ta kan kita nagtukaw bilang alkalde, halos naging doble an income kan munisipyo kan Daraga. Poon sa P 60 million kan 2001, uminabot ini sa P 117 million kan 2007,” Mayor Jaucian continued.
“Dahil sa mga itinukdo niya asin tabang, ipinapaabot ko, kaiba kan sakuyang pamilya, an udok sa boot na respeto kay Congressman asin pakikisumaro sa saiyang mga nawalat.”
Si Cong. Imperial ipinangaki kan July 13, 1930 sa Daraga asin ngonyan nasa edad na 79.
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