Douglas Cagas

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Douglas "Dodo" R.A. Cagas (3 December 1943 – 10 June 2021) was a Filipino politician. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007, representing the lone district of Davao del Sur. He subsequently served as governor of Davao del Sur from 2007 to 2013 and from 2016 until his death in 2021.

Biography

Douglas Cagas's political career began in the 1980s, when he became an assemblyman for his province of Davao del Sur. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998 and was reelected in 2001 and 2004. After reaching the term limit in 2007, Cagas ran for governor of Davao del Sur and won. He held the position for two consecutive terms, from 2007 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2013. In 2013, he ran for mayor of Digos City but lost to incumbent mayor Joseph Peñas.[1] Cagas vied for the gubernatorial post once more in 2016 and won. He was elected to the post anew in 2019.[2][3] With his death due to COVID-19 in June 2021, his son, incumbent vice governor Marc Douglas Cagas IV, took over the gubernatorial post.

Cagas courted controversy as a politician. He was accused of murdering journalist Nestor Bedolido in 2010. In 2014, he surrendered to authorities after a warrant of arrest was issued against him.[4] He was released in 2016. Later in the year, Senator Leila de Lima accused Cagas of amassing approximately 9.3 million pesos through the pork barrel scam while he was a member of the House of Representatives.[5][6][7]

Personal life and death

Cagas built a political dynasty in his province.[8] His wife, Mercedes Chan Cagas, and his son, Marc Douglas Cagas IV, are policitians too. Mercedes is the representative of the lone district of Davao del Sur as of 2019 and Marc Douglas, as the incumbent vice governor, succeeded Douglas Cagas in June 2021 as governor of the provice of Davao del Sur.

Cagas died due to complications arising from COVID-19 on 10 June 2021 at the Digos Medical Center. He had been hospitalized for three weeks.[9]

References

  1. https://www.pressreader.com/philippines/sunstar-davao/20130521/281698317273285 Sunstar Davao. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  2. THE LEADERS YOU VOTED: Davao del Sur 1987 to 2019 (en) (May 12, 2019). Retrieved on June 10, 2021.
  3. John Eric Mendoza (June 10, 2021). Davao del Sur governor succumbs to COVID-19 complications, says family (en). Retrieved on June 10, 2021.
  4. Eldie Aguirre (October 20, 2014). Ex-governor Cagas linked to newsman’s killing jailed (en). Retrieved on June 10, 2021.
  5. Erwin Colcol (March 30, 2017). Father-and-son Cagas charged over 'pork' scam (en). Retrieved on June 10, 2021.
  6. Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas passes away (en) (June 10, 2021). Retrieved on June 10, 2021.
  7. Marc Jayson Cayabyab (April 7, 2017). Ex-Davao Rep. Cagas seeks dismissal of pork barrel scam raps (en). Retrieved on June 10, 2021.
  8. https://www.rappler.com/nation/davao-del-sur-governor-cagas-dies-covid-19/ Rappler. 13 December 2021.
  9. Antonio L. Colina IV (June 10, 2021). Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Cagas dies of COVID-19 (en). Retrieved on June 10, 2021.


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