UPDATED: Former Bukidnon Gov. Fortich dies

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/27 February 2019) Former Bukidnon Gov. Carlos “Totoy” Ozamiz  Fortich has passed away on Feb. 25 at around 8:30 pm. He was 83.  His daughter Carla confirmed the sad news on Feb. 26.

Ms. Fortich was at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to meet lawyer Nestor Cajes, the provincial administrator who was invited to attend the SP regular session.

Ms. Fortich said her father died on Monday at the Capitol University Medical Center (CUMC) in Cagayan de Oro City due to old age.

The former governor was born on May 5, 1935. He has three children and nine grandchildren.

Ms. Fortich said her father’s remains lies at the Divine Shepherds Memorial Chapel in Cagayan de Oro City and will be brought to their residence in Lurugan, Valencia City on March 1-3.  It is scheduled to be brought to the Provincial Capitol on March 4-5 until the interment on March 6 at the Shepherds Meadow Memorial Park in Sumpong, Malaybalay City.

“We want to bring him at the Provincial Capitol before the flag ceremony (on March 4, Monday) because he was never been late in the Flag Ceremony when he was governor,” she added.

Atty. Cajes said Gov. Jose. Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. is scheduled to visit the former governorʾs wake as soon as his remains arrive in the city.

Meanwhile, the Malaybalay city council, on its regular session Tuesday, passed a resolution of condolence to the Fortich family.

Fortich first became the governor of Bukidnon in 1968. He was elected to the post for a record of six times. (Mel B. Madera for BukidnonNews.Net)