Lawyer Wilson Gamboa Sr. succumbed to a liver cancer at the age of 70 at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on October 13, 2011.
Gamboa served in the National Government as Secretary of Agrarian Reform, Undersecretary of National Defense, and Administrator of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
Gamboa Sr., as a great leader of the city, contributed selflessly to the betterment of Bacolod and, as such, the city will forever be grateful to him, the mayor said.
Wilson Sr. and his wife Thelma were blessed with five children, namely Lauro, Wilma, Wilson, Jr., Roseller and Antonino.
Wilson said his father fought a good fight. He finished the race and has kept his faith to God, country and family.
The older Gamboa served as councilor of Bacolod City from 1971 to 1981. He was the assemblyman of the Province of Negros Occidental from 1983–1986.
President Benigno Aquino III appointed him secretary of Agrarian Reform, and later undersecretary of National Defense in 1986–1988.
During the term of President Ramos, Gamboa was appointed SRA administrator and later governor of the Development Bank of the Philippines, and President Joseph Estrada appointed him chairman of the board of the Philippine Journal.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia signed an order giving honor and recognition to Gamboa Sr. for his significant contributions to the city and directing the observation of a half-mast flag in mourning of his death.
Leonardia, in his Executive Order No. 26, Series of 2011 signed October 18, 2011, said the former city councilor, an institution and an important political and civic figure in the city, had considerably and momentously served for two terms.
Gamboa, Sr., as a great leader of the city, contributed selflessly to the betterment of Bacolod and, as such, the city will forever be grateful to him, the mayor said.
“Wilson Sr. has his great contributions in shaping Philippine politics with his high sense of nationalism and character. He was a man who is very articulate in good governance, where even his silence disturbs many,” Gamboa’s friend former Senator Kit Tatad said.
“His favorable opinion is always sought and his disappointment is always feared. It is because he speaks his mind and what it is in his heart without any ulterior motive,” Tatad added.
“I was the one who convinced him to join politics in 1971. He won overwhelmingly and served the city with honor and distinction for 10 years. During the Marcos regime, Wilson won as assemblyman as the only opposition candidate during those times. He was not beholden to anyone. He followed his conscience and worked for God, country and people,” lawyer Babes Estrella, Gamboa’s friend, said.