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Bicol political kingpin Luis Villafuerte Sr dies

Rambo Talabong
Bicol political kingpin Luis Villafuerte Sr dies

PUBLIC SERVANT. Luis Villafuerte Sr speaks at the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines - Bicol awarding ceremony in 2019.

Luis Villafuerte's Facebook page

Luis Villafuerte Sr.'s public service career spans 5 decades

Luis Villafuerte Sr., regarded as a political kingpin in the Bicol Region, died on Wednesday, September 8, his son, Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative LRay Villafuerte announced on the same day to reporters.

He was 86.

“It is with great pain and sadness that I announce the demise of a loved and dear one, My Father, Luis R. Villafuerte Sr. one of the most illustrious political leaders of our country,” Villafuerte said in a statement.

Villafuerte Sr’s public service career spanned 5 decades, starting as an assemblyman from 1978 to 1986. He was the minister of trade from 1979 to 1981 under late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

When Marcos was toppled, Villafuerte served as the Secretary for Government Reorganization under Corazon Aquino.

He was the governor of Camarines Sur for a total of 15 years. He also served as Camarines Sur’s 2nd District Representative from 2004 to 2010, and 3rd District Representative from 2010 to 2013.

Villafuerte is survived by his wife, Nelly Favis Villafuerte; his sisters, Pura Luisa, Carmen, and Lina; his children, Mariano Jose, Mylene, Lalaine, Maria Rita, Lori Lisa, and Luis Raymund Jr (LRay); and his grandchildren. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.