Gov Roel Degamo Biography
Roel Ragay Degamo was a Filipino politician who served as the governor of the province of Negros Oriental from 2011 until the time of his assassination in 2023. He was born on April 29, 1966, in the Philippines.
As a result of the outcomes of the local elections in May 2022, he was removed from his position; however, in October of the same year, he was proclaimed to be the victorious elected candidate for the position of governor due to the invalidation of his opponent’s victory.
On March 4, 2023, he was murdered in an attack that took place at his home in Pamplona, which is located in the Negros Oriental.
Gov Roel Degamo Early Life
On April 29, 1966, he was born in Bonawon, which is located within the Siaton municipality in the Negros Oriental region. He received his high school diploma from St. Louis School—Don Bosco in Dumaguete and his bachelor’s degree from Silliman University in 1989, where he majored in mechanical engineering.
Both institutions are located in the Philippines. He was successful on the license examinations that he took the previous year.
Gov Roel Degamo Career
The beginning of Degamo’s involvement in politics came when he ran for and won a seat on the council of the Municipality of Siaton, a position he held for a total of three consecutive terms between the years 1998 and 2007.
Between the years of 2004 and 2007, he was the president of the Provincial Councilors League (PCL) of Negros Oriental. This position entitled him to a seat on the Provincial Board, which is the legislative body of the provincial government.
In addition to that, he was elected to serve as the chairperson of Region VII, which gave him the opportunity to sit on the National Board of the Philippine Councilor’s League.
2013 (while the party was still known as PDP–Laban), 2016 (while the National Unity Party was in power), and 2019 were the years that Degamo won reelection (under the Nationalist Party).
After the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) controversially allowed him to run despite having completed three terms, Degamo ran for re-election in 2022 for a fourth term under the banner of the Nacionalista Party. However, he was unsuccessful in his bid and lost to Pryde Henry Teves, who was the mayor of Bayawan City.
Earlier, on December 16, 2021, a COMELEC division granted the petition that was filed by Degamo declaring another gubernatorial candidate, a certain Ruel Degamo, whose real name is Grego Gaudia, to be a nuisance. The petition was filed with the intention of declaring Degamo, whose real name is Grego Gaudia.
However, the name that was almost imitated, “Ruel Degamo,” was allowed to remain on the official ballot in order to wait for a decision from the COMELEC en banc before election day.
The commission rejected Gaudia’s request for reconsideration on September 1, 2022, and as a result, it maintained the decision that it had made earlier.
The petitions that had been separately filed by Teves and Gaudia were both rejected by the Supreme Court en banc on February 14, 2023; as a result, the COMELEC’s announcement that Degamo had won the election was upheld.
Gov Roel Degamo Wife
Degamo is married to Janice V. Degamo, who is currently serving as mayor of Pamplona, Negros Oriental.
Gov Roel Degamo Net worth
It is estimated that Roel Degamo’s net worth is five million dollars. He was a politician in the Philippines.
Gov Roel Degamo Cause of Death
In an attack that took place at approximately 9:36 a.m. on March 4, 2023, unidentified men broke into Degamo’s home in Pamplona, Negros Oriental, and shot him multiple times.
When the incident occurred, the Police Regional Office (PRO) for Central Visayas reported that the individual in question was in the process of delivering assistance to local beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) program.
According to the information provided by his wife, the Mayor of Pamplona, Janice Degamo, he was rushed to the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete, where he was pronounced dead at 11:41 a.m. He was 56. During the shooting, a total of five additional people lost their lives.