The Cagas saga continues. And the political clan’s comeback is not in the necessarily good news peg.
In response to an appeal of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) calling for media and public vigilance on the case of a murdered journalist in Davao del Sur, this microdot in the internet universe is posting these for sharing.
This incident involves the waning Cagas political dynasty of Davao del Sur on the island of Mindanao.
To visualize the said dynasty (and why we say it is waning somewhat), the Cagas family held the province’s major political posts for more than a decade.
Former Assemblyman (1984), former Congressman (1998-2007) and former Governor (2007-2013) Douglas “Dodo” Cagas is the clan’s patriarch (http://mindanaonewsmakers.files.wordpress.com/).
His wife is former provincial board member and current first district Congresswoman Mercedes “Didi” Cagas. She is on her first term in the 16th Congress.
His brother Gary Cagas is the Punong Barangay (village chief) of Zone III in Digos City.
His son is former Congressman Marc Douglas Cagas IV who served two terms (2007-2013). You may have a glimpse of what he was like in https://congressionalobserver.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/ombudsman-merceditas-gutierrez-impeachment-part-1/ and in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkKb4JR6qY4
A nephew, Josef Cagas, is a Digos City councilor.
What happened to the Cagas dynasty in the most recent polls (2013)?
Former Gov. Dodo lost in his Digos City mayoralty bid to Mayor Joseph Peñas. Former Cong. Marc Douglas lost in the gubernatorial elections to Gov. Claude Bautista. Cong. Didi and Councilor Josef won.
Now Dodo Cagas is in jail, after being tagged as the mastermind in the murder of a journalist in June 2010. Cagas, along with Matanao, Davao del Sur, Mayor Vicente Fernandez have been implicated in the murder of Nestor Bedolido in June 2010.
The NUJP welcomed the surrender of Cagas, who was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Bedolido.
Eerily, Bedolido once served as an editor of the Digos Times, a magazine that Cagas owned.
More details can be found here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/646035/nujp-appeals-to-media-public-to-keep-spotlight-on-davao-del-sur-journalists-murder
This still happens in the Philippines. And so justice must be served. This is our small contribution to keeping the case in the public eye. #