Prospero Amatong

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Propsero Amatong
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Compostela Valley's Second District
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Rommel Amatong
Acting Governor of Compostela Valley
In office
April 1998 – June 30, 1998
Governor of Davao del Norte
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1998
Mayor of Nabunturan
In office
1972–1986
Personal details
Born (1931-10-18)October 18, 1931
Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
Died May 16, 2009(2009-05-16) (aged 77)
New York City, United States
Spouse(s) Luz Amatong

Prospero “Pros” S. Amatong (October 18, 1931 – May 16, 2009) was a Filipino politician. Amatong served as the Governor of Davao del Norte[1] from 1992 until 1998 and as a Congressman in the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 1998 until 2007. He also served as interim governor of Compostela Valley upon its creation.

Early years[edit]

Prospero Amatong was born in Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, on October 18, 1931.[1] He earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering.[1] He moved to Nabunturan in 1960, where he taught at Assumption College from 1960 until 1971.[1]

Political career[edit]

Prospero's career in politics began in 1963 with his election as a Nabunturan city council member.[1] He was elected the Mayor of Nabunturan in 1972,[2] an office he held for 14 years.[3] He also served as the mayor of New Corella early in his career.[1]

Amatong was elected the Governor of Davao del Norte, which consisted of 21 towns, in 1992.[2] As governor, Amatong spearheaded the creation of a new province Compostela Valley, which consists eleven municipalities which were formerly part of Davao del Norte.[2]

Amatong became the interim governor of the newly created Compostela Valley province for three months in 1998.[2] He was later elected to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing Compostela Valley's second congressional district as a congressman.[2] Amatong remained in Congress until his retirement in 2007.[2] His son, Rep. Rommel Amatong, was elected as his successor in the district in 2007.[2]

Throughout his long political career, no complaints were ever filed against him by the Ombudsman.[3] Politicians from both Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley continued to consult was Amatong following his retirement, earning him the nickname as the “grand old man” of Davao politics.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Prospero Amatong suffered a fall in a New York City park in May 2009 while on vacation with his wife, Luz, their children and other family members.[2] He was hospitalized with head injuries, leaving him in a coma. Amatong died in a New York City hospital on May 16, 2009, at the age of 77.[2] His body was flown back to the Philippines for burial.

Tributes poured in following news of Amatong's unexpected death. Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy called Amatong, "...exceptional as a leader, a master politician. I would say no one could ever duplicate his performance in our lifetime. He is the real Mr. Service."[3] Laak Mayor Reynaldo Navarro referred to Amatong as, "a legend, a real champion who has never tasted defeat."[3] Former Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio Jr., a friend of Amatong during his governorship, spoke of him am saddened by the death of a great man whose life was dedicated to mankind. It's a loss to all of us. My prayers to the bereaved family. Farewell my brother."[3] Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario also sent condolences to Amatong's family.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Amatong's remains to arrive Wednesday". Sun.Star Superbalita Davao. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Lim, Frinston (2009-05-18). "Davao Norte, Compostela mourn Amatong’s death". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Former Mindanao governor-lawmaker dies in US". GMA Network. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2009-06-14.