By Angeline Valencia
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Dec. 28 — The late Rep. Erico Aumentados son, Erico Aristotle, has been designated by the House of Representatives as caretaker congressman of second district here, to serve the remaining seven months left of his fathers term.
Supporters from different towns of the province also pushed for the appointment of Erico Aristotle as replacement to his father in the congressional race next year.
At first, the family of the late congressman said they wanted to request House Speaker Sonny Belmonte to be the caretaker congressman of Bohol's second district.
However, Belmonte himself joined the rest of the country's congressmen in assigning the son of the late Bohol congressman, instead.
Erico Aristotle, who is more known in Bohol as Aris, has been serving as area coordinator of the Office of the Second Congressional District of Bohol.
It is for his familiarity to the ongoing bills, projects and programs introduced by his father that got him the appointment as caretaker congressman of second district.
Aumentado died on December 25 at around 8 p.m. due to cardiac arrest at St. Lukes Hospital in Global City, Metro Manila while being confined for pneumonia.
The late congressmans remains will be flown here on Saturday morning (December 29) in the first flight of Philippine Airlines.
From the Tagbilaran City Airport, Aumentados remains will be motored to Ubay–his hometown located about 90 kilometers from the capital city.
The funeral car will pass the coastal towns linked by the circumferential road which was among his major projects since assuming his first year as a three-term congressman after serving as three-term governor of the province.
Among the towns that will be passed by the funeral car are Baclayon, Albur, Loay, Lila, Valencia, Dimiao, Garcia-Hernandez, Jagna, Duero and Alicia before reaching Ubay.
In each of these coastal towns, the funeral car will stop for 10 minutes to give the residents a chance to pay their last respect to the congressman who had served Bohol for about 40 years.
Upon reaching Ubay, Aumentados remains will be brought to the Blessed Trinity Church by noontime on Saturday wherein a holy mass will be celebrated.
His remains will then be transferred to Ubay Cultural Center for public viewing.
By Sunday morning, the remains will be brought back to Tagbilaran City, passing through the other side of Bohol through the rest of the circumferential road along the coastal towns of Talibon, Trinidad, Inabanga, Getafe, Clarin, Tubigon, Calape, Loon, Maribojoc and Cortes.
Once back in Tagbilaran, Aumentados remains will be brought to the Bohol Cultural Center for another public viewing.
On the morning of December 31, the remains of the congressman will be transferred to his residence here in the city on Calceta St.
Interment is set on January 5 at the Victoria Memorial Park. Prior to the burial rites, a requiem mass will be done at the St. Joseph Cathedral.(PNA)