Int’l ship captain, VM Sales, passes away at 74

Incumbent Candijay Vice-Mayor Jesse “Jing” Sales Sr. passed away on Wednesday due to a kidney-related ailment. He was 74.

VM Sales was briefly confined at the National Kidney Institute when he returned to His Creator in the morning of June 28, leaving a vacuum at the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Candijay.

Engineer Romy Sales, brother of Vice-Mayor Sales, told The Bohol Tribune that his brother was a dedicated public servant who was widely loved by his constituents, serving first as town councilor of Candijay for two terms before he was elected vice-mayor in 2013, and got reelected to the same position in last year’s election.

VM Sales is survived by his wife, Esmeralda Villafuerte Sales, and children: Jonathan Sales, an electronics engineer working at Meralco, and Jesse Sales, Jr., a computer engineer. VM Sales’s eldest son, Jeremiah Sales, had passed away several years ago.

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VM Sales is the brother of the late Atty. Isabelo Sales, Jr., who was a provincial board member in the province of Bohol. Atty. Sales Jr. wrote a column (The Looking Glass) for the defunct Bohol Sunday Post newspaper.

Before Jing Sales offered himself as vice-mayor of Candijay, he worked as merchant marine for more than three decades. Then he became an international ship captain and master mariner for 15 years. For years he had also served as a harbor pilot in Surigao, Tacloban, and Davao.

VM Sales was born to parents Isabelo Balagot Sales Sr. and Fermina Marante Sales, on June 15, 1942. Isabelo Sr. was the first Boholano being elected mayor of the town of Gabaldon in Nueva Ecija during the incumbency of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia.

VM Jing Sales studied at the Valencia Elementary School and Valencia High School. He obtained his marine transportation degree at the Philippine Maritime Institute (PMI-Manila) when seafaring profession was still at its infancy in the country.

After retiring as international ship captain, VM Sales put up an agency in Manila which provides assistance to seafarers who have been discharged from work due to disability and other just causes.

Back in Bohol, VM Sales was engaged in fuel business, putting up two Petron gasoline stations – one in Candijay town and another one in Tagbilaran City.

In an interview with The Bohol Tribune, Engr. Romy Sales said that his brother Jing had lived his life so well, being a hardworking, conscientious seaman.

“As a father he was a disciplinarian with a lot of love to give for his children,” Engr. Romy said.

“The night before he died, I told him to fight. I never thought it was our last conversation. I miss my brother,” said Engr.  Romy.

VM Sales’s remains arrived at the Tagbilaran Airport yesterday afternoon. On Saturday night, the local government unit of Candijay hosted the wake for VM Sales.

From Sunday (today) until Thursday, the wake of VM Sales will be done at his residence in San Isidro District, Tagbilaran City. VM Sales will be laid to his final rest at the Victoria Memorial Park, Tagbilaran City, on Thursday (July 6, 2017) at 3 PM.

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