Ex-Butuan City Mayor for 15 years passed away after undergoing kidney transplant

by Ben Serrano

October 30, 2010

            BUTUAN CITY - Former Butuan City Mayor Democrito “Boy Daku” Plaza, II who served Butuan City as Mayor for 15 years passed away past 6 p.m. Friday at the I.C.U of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Metro Manila, close relatives of the late Mayor here said.


            Relatives here said the former Butuan Mayor died ater undergoing a successful kidney transplant last October 26 in same hospital. Medical doctors of St. Luke’s neither his close family have not issued official medical statement yet as what caused Plaza’s death.


            He is survived by his wife, also former Butuan City Mayor Daisy Borja Plaza and children headed by Nasipit, Agusan del Norte Mayor Roscoe Plaza.


            Plaza started in his colorful political career as Barangay Captain of Barangay Ba-an Riverside, Butuan City.


            The eldest son in first marriage of another political legend, his namesake, late Agusan del Sur Governor and Congressman Democrito “D.O” Otaza Plaza, Sr., Plaza started as Butuan Mayor in 1992.


            He succeeded his uncle, the late former Butuan City Mayor Figurado Plaza, Sr. who served Butuan City as Mayor for twenty years. Like his nephew Mayor, Figurado was known among Butuanons as the “builder”. 

             Plaza is also survived with other siblings like former three-termer Agusan del Sur Congressman Rodolfo "Ompong" Plaza who ran for Senator in May 2010 elections, incumbent Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza, First District Agusan del Sur Rep. Maria Valentina Plaza andSecond District Agusan del Sur Rep. Rowena Plaza Millana.

             Relatives said present internment is at Arlington Funeral Homes in Magallanes, Makati City. 

            The present Mayor of Butuan City is Dr. Ferdinand Amante, Jr., nephew of another political legend in Agusan del Norte politics former Agusan del Norte Rep. Edelmiro Amante.


            Amante who served Agusan del Norte’s second district as congressman for twenty one years also served as the first Executive Secretary during the Ramos administration of then President Fidel Valdezs Ramos  (-30-)