20 Nov 2018
- By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
FORMER Speaker Oscar Cruz Rasa was laid to rest at the Chalan Kanoa cemetery at noon on Monday.
The CNMI’s first House speaker passed away on Nov. 11 at the age of 71.
During the funeral service at the Mount Carmel Cathedral, Gov. Ralph Torres and first lady Diann Torres presented a plaque of recognition to the former speaker’s widow, Patricia Seman Rasa, and other family members in recognition of his contributions to the CNMI and the local community.
Rep. Angel Demapan, Oscar Rasa’s nephew, delivered the eulogy and called the former speaker the champion of indigenous and self-government rights.
He said Rasa was his adviser and mentor who provided him, despite the former speaker’s health problems, with pertinent information regarding case law, constitutional provisions, sovereign immunity and self-government.
“Uncle Oscar was well-versed in government and politics. He had a large and diverse network. Moreover, he had a contact list bigger than anyone I knew and he called everyone on that list everyday beginning at 5 a.m.,” Demapan said.
“I will dearly miss Uncle Oscar. From my first bid for public office to my most recent, he was my trusted adviser. He had my back every single time and he treated me like his son,” Demapan said.
Rasa served in the 5th Marianas District Legislature and in the Congress of Micronesia where he also served on the Joint Committee on the Future Political Status for Micronesia. He was a Covenant negotiator and a delegate to the 1st Constitutional Convention.
“When history books tell stories of our forefathers, the name Oscar Rasa will always be on that list of esteemed leaders who helped framed the structure of government we live in today,” Demapan said.
Past and present CNMI officials attended the funeral Mass for Rasa on Monday to pay their last respects to the late speaker.
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