Former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Atty. Reuben Rabe Canoy has passed away. His daughter Rhona Canoy confirmed in her Facebook post the demise of her father at 8:55pm tonight, July 5, 2022. He served as city mayor from 1972 to 1976. Canoy succumbed to cardiac arrest. He was 93.

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Born on June 6, 1929 in Cagayan de Oro City, Canoy graduated with an (Associate in Arts) AA degree from Silliman University in 1952. He then finished his law degree at University of the Philippines (UP). He once served as Undersecretary for the Department of Public Information under the Presidency of Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Canoy was also known for his early morning radio program Perspective which ran for more than 60 years and was a staunch advocate of federalism.

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Below is the engraved portrait of the late former city mayor by Nic Aca as displayed at the City Museum.

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Listen to his last broadcast uploaded on July 1, 2022 in the link below.

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Photo shows the late mayor in his younger years.

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image by Edgar Ebro

Read City Mayor Klarex Uy’s statement:

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Read Congressman Rufus Rodriguez’s statement:

Today is a sad day for Cagayan de Oro City. We lost a leader, an intellectual giant, and a true federalist who inspired many generations of leaders including myself. Atty. Reuben Canoy has served CdeO with so much pride and compassion for all.

Atty. Canoy served with utmost dedication and integrity as Mayor of our city; as Regional Assemblyman for Region 10 in the Interim Batasang Pambansa; and as Undersecretary of Public Information.

He was a true Mindanaonon who loved our Island so much, and strongly advocated for the development of its true potential, for the welfare for all of us Mindanaonons!

The 2nd District Congressional Office of CdeO and the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) extend their fervent prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones of Mayor Canoy. His perspective lives on.

“Ang lungsod nga nasayod maoy makahatag og kusog sa demokrasya. Apan ang lungsod nga mapasagaron, maoy makapukan sa atong kagawasan.”

Rest in peace Tito Reuben and intercede always for the welfare of all Kagay-anons in heaven!


Here’s the statement from former Phividec Administrator Pompee La Vina:

Rest in Peace, our dear Tito Reuben R. Canoy. While the public tributes are pouring in, today I choose to remember you in the most intimate of ways I knew you: friend, inspiration, hero. Your brave heart has grown still, but our dream shall never die.

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Congressman Bambi Emano posted this in Facebook.

WE EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND SINCEREST PRAYERS TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY OF FORMER CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY MAYOR AND ASSEMBLYMAN, REUBEN CANOY.

Your brilliant mind inspired many past and present leaders. You will forever be treasured by Cagayanons and Misamisnons.

Rest In Heavenly Peace, Mayor!

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Below is the statement of former City Mayor Oscar Moreno.

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Rest in Peace Mayor!!!

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