December 12, 2017, 8:17 am
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Planas, 87

FORMER Quezon City vice mayor Rosario “Charito” Lim Planas, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 87, according to QC Mayor Herbert Bautista.

“It is with a heavy heart that in behalf of the people of Quezon City, I announce the passing of our dear former vice mayor, Charito Planas,” Bautista said.

“Vice Mayor Planas was our loving mentor, tita, leader and friend. She only had the best interest of the city and nation in mind in all her endeavors as a city official and freedom fighter during the dark days of our nation’s history,” he added.

Planas’ last public appearance was during Bautista’s 8th State of the City Address last October, but she left even before the event ended.

She already looked weak at that time and could be seen having difficulty sitting in a wheelchair for a long time.

As of yesterday noon, the Planas family has yet to disclose the cause of her death.

Bautista said a necrological service will be held in her honor on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Carlos Albert Hall in Quezon City Hall.

Planas was born April 28, 1931 in Tondo, Manila. Her sister, Carmen Planas, was the first woman city councilor of Manila.

The former vice mayor was a staunch opposition leader and led the campaign against the ratification of the 1973 Constitution.

She was among the opposition leaders arrested after the declaration of martial law in 1972.

Planas was drafted in the “Lakas ng Bayan” slate led by former senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in the 1978 interim Batasan elections.

She slipped out of the country after the elections to join the anti-Marcos forces in the US.

She returned to the country after the 1986 People Power Revolution and helped revive the Liberal Party.

She ran for mayor in the 1988 elections and lost to then incumbent officer-in-charge, Brigido “Jun” Simon, Jr.

In the 1992 elections, she became the running mate of then congressman Ismael Mathay Jr., who won the mayoral race.

Planas, also an environmentalist, served as Quezon City vice mayor from 1992 to 1995.

She served as one of the deputy spokespersons of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with the rank of undersecretary in 2010-2011. – Angela Lopez de Leon
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