Acting Gov. Magpale: Twice promoted


WITHIN a  single three-year term,   Agnes Almendras Magpale  rose from being an elected  Provincial Board member to vice governor and then  acting governor of Cebu province—all through succession.
Before that, she established herself as a  a political figure whose forte was legislation and advocacy of  women’s and children’s rights and over 20 years in government service.
In April 2011, after  Vice Gov.Gregorio  Sanchez Jr. of the Liberal Party died of lung cancer, she stepped up as vice governor being the PB member with the highest number of votes in the 2010 election.
By operation of law, she  had to serve  the unexpired term left by her predecessor.
On Dec. 19, 2012 minutes after the Department of Interior and Local Government served a six-month suspension order on Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia,  Magpale took her oath as acting governor.
As the impasse drags on, with Garcia holed up in the Governor’s Office, refusing to leave “over my dead body”, 70-year-old Mapgale has started running affairs of the provincial government  from her own office in the Legislative Building. in the Capitol compound.
Magpale started her political career in 1971 as vice mayor of Danao City.
In 1992, she was elected  to the Cebu  Provincial Board representing the 5th legislative district.
She won  the highest number of votes, earning her the position of presiding officer pro-tempore  from 1992 to 2001.
After 2001, she was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.
She returned to  the Provincial Board in 2004  under the ticket of then Vice Governor John Gregory Osmeña. The Durano-backed Barug alang sa Kauswagan ug Demokrasya (Bakud) party later allied with the One Cebu Party of  Garcia in the 2007 and 2010 polls.
Magpale is a widow. Her husband  Justice Arsenio J. Magpale of the Court of Appeals passed away in 2010. They have three children, Josefina Patricia, a lawyer and now undersecretary of the Dept. of Energy; Jose Paolo, also a lawyer; and Miguel Antonio, a PB member.
Born on Jan. 21, 1942, Magpale is the eldest of  six children of the late Josefino Durano Almendras of Danao City and Rosita de la Serna Dimataga of Lapu-Lapu City.
As  a Durano, Magpale belongs to the clan whose bailiwick is the vote-rich 5th district of Cebu.
After graduating from  Associate in Arts (AA) course in 1959 at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila, she took up a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition  at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City in 1963.
She then pursued a master’s degree in Nutrition  at  Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA, in 1965. She also earned a Certificate in Local Administration and Development (17th LAPD) from the DILG and UP. She also have an Organizational Development and Transformation (DODT) at the Cebu Doctors College in Cebu City in 2001. /Dale G. Israel, Senior Reporter

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  • LegalJustice

    You could tell Acting Gov Magpale is a woman of integrity and cannot be bullied by UNA Ex-Gov Garcia.

    • FJ Torreiglesias

      … by acting like a puppet!!!

      • Dan

        bull! loser!

    • cion

      Magapale  is not a woman of Integrity, she is an opportunist just like Cory Aquino who grab the Presidency  from then elected Vice-President Arturo M. Tolentino (author of UNCLOS) because of Hacienda Luisita , just like this sitting President and his allies,  who are all obviously using abusive power decepting the poor uninformed Filipinos for their personal interest, period.

  • batangpaslit

    Cebu is governed by three family names:


    I do not mind really of this so called political dynasty, provided, those who are sitting in power bring about development and progress to the people they govern.
    Cebu is a progressive island province compared to the rest of island provinces governed by ruling families like the case of Guimaras (Lopez), Catanduanes (Verceles), and other places that are impoverished.

    • cion

      Cebu has been a very popular tourists destination and those air -conditioned  buses will certainly entise touris for  its  convenience to see the beauty of the whole city comfortably. 

  • PAZ

    Magaling si Magpale at laging napo promote siempre baka dahil may kapatid sa Malacanang. Mula ng maging Presidente si Noynoy sya laging napromote. Pag yan ang umupong gov. Simula yan ng political dynasty ni Magpale na gutom na gutom maging gov. Ganyan naman sa Phil. Pag nakatikim ng politika magsimula sa isang miembro ng pamilya hanggang lahat na nasa pulitika.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer



    but after may 2013, after election…tapos na yan mga yellow ribbons

    • Dan


    • cion

      Tama ka, nagpakitang gilas noong Impeachment ni CJ Corona, kaya lahat ng baho ng mga politicians ay lumabas.

  • Bert

    Looking at her credentials, it’s clear that she’s another kkk whose family is well connected in malacanang… wonder, malacanang is pushing her hard to take cebu’s governorship…..

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