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Trece Martires Mayor Gemma Lubigan mourns death of councilor-elect Belgium Balite

Jun 28, 2022 @ 11:06

Trece Martires Mayor Gemma Lubigan is in mourning over the death of Councilor-elect Benjamin “Belgium” Balite.

Balite passed away on June 25.

Lubigan, who administered Balite’s oath on his hospital bed, is heartbroken over the loss of her team member, who became like family to her during their campaign.

“Napatunayan na natin eh, napagtagumpayan na natin. Ready na tayong lahat na sama samang maglingkod. Hindi lang tayo basta Team, pamilya yung nabuo sa atin,” she said on Facebook.

Many had been excited over the kind of public service that Balite would give, she said.

But even before he had been elected, Balite had already helped a lot of people, she added.

“Sabi mo nga lalaban ka di ba? Excited kaming lahat sa bonggang serbisyong iaalay mo. Pero kahit hindi ka pa nakakapagsimula sa paglilingkod bilang konsehal ng bayan, kita naman namin na madami ka ng natulungan,” she said.

She could not be completely happy on her scheduled oath-taking because he would not be there, she said.

“Sobrang lungkot ko Belgium. Hindi sapat ang ligaya sa magiging panunumpa natin sa Monday. Napakahiwaga talaga ng buhay natin. Mahal ka namin KON Benjamin ‘Belgium’ Balite,” she said.

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