Ex-Bulacan board member Felix ‘Toti’ Ople dies at 65

James Patrick Cruz

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Ex-Bulacan board member Felix ‘Toti’ Ople dies at 65

LOCAL OFFICIAL. Bulacan Board Member Felix "Toti" Ople

Felix Toti Ople's Facebook page

(1st UPDATE) Department of Migrant Workers Secretary Susan 'Toots' Ople confirms the death of her brother, former Bulacan first district board member Felix 'Toti' Ople

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said Felix Ople was a Bulacan board member at the time of his death. This has been corrected.

MANILA, Philippines – Former Bulacan first district board member Felix “Toti” Ople died on Thursday dawn, July 13. He was 65.

Toti’s death was confirmed by his sister Department of Migrant Workers Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople. Toti suffered from cancer, DWPM Radyo 630 reported.

Toots also had battled cancer in 2020, which played a factor in her decision to be part of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s cabinet.

Toti is the son of the late Senate President and Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas Fajardo Ople, who gained national recognition as the father of overseas employment and the father of the Philippine Labor Code.

Toti started his political career as a councilor in Hagonoy, Bulacan. He then served the town as a three-termer local chief executive from 1998 to 2007.

He was also recognized as the most outstanding mayor by the Gintong Kabataan Awards for three consecutive years, from 2005 to 2007.

As a board member, he chaired Legislative Backstopping Committee, Committee on Labor and Overseas and Local Employment and Committee on Peace and Order.

He also served as the assistant majority floor leader of the present Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Bulacan’s representative in the Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines

On top of his job as board member, he also served as Vice President of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, a non-stock, non-profit organization that helps our overseas Filipino workers around the world.

Toti earned his Bachelor of Arts major in Economics degree from the Ateneo De Manila University. He is married to the former Norelli Peralta and they have two children, namely, Ernest Blas and Selena Mari.– Rappler.com

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James Patrick Cruz

Patrick Cruz is a researcher and writer for Rappler’s governance cluster. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, he covered local governments focusing on Metro Manila.