CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga -- Former Pampanga 1st District Representative and Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Feliciano Lazatin, who was known to many as "Tarzan", passed away Wednesday morning (Dec. 12) at the age of 84.
Lazatin, according to his family, succumbed to cardiac arrest or cardio-pulmonary failure secondary to hepatorenal and hepatopulmonary syndrome and endocarditis at his residence in Barangay Telabastagan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga at exactly 7:40 am.
“Today, we lost a great public servant and a loving father,” 1st district Rep. Carmelo “Jon" Lazatin, II and Angeles City Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. said in a statement.
The former congressman left behind his wife, Iluminada and children Janet, Leia, Ma. Theresa, Claudelle, Carmelo Jr., Carmelo II, Pamela, Sharon, and Camille.
He was the incumbent chairman of Barangay Balibago, Angeles City at the time of his death.
Lazatin served as Pampanga’s First District representative from 1987 to 1998, Angeles City mayor from 1998 to 2007 and again, congressman of the First District from 2007 to 2013.
He was known to be the father of resettlement centers in the First District of Pampanga, being instrumental in the creation of housing sites, such as those in Mawaque and Madapdap in Mabalacat, Epza in Angeles City and San Isidro and Sta. Lucia in Magalang.
He was also the father of Mabalacat City, having authored Republic Act 10164, the Act Converting the Municipality of Mabalacat in the province of Pampanga into a Component City.
Lazatin also was the first Angeles City mayor to be elected for three consecutive terms.
It was during his term that Angeles City was able to provide affordable housing to 15,000 families, computerized all revenue-generating offices and attained the ISO certification in 2002. Angeles City was then the first ISO-certified local government unit outside Metro Manila.
Lazatin's remains have been cremated. Details of his wake are yet to be announced as of this writing. (PNA)