Delivered by Hon. Florencio Marin, Jr.
14th December, 2020
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 says , “ There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance..”
Today, with heavy hearts we gather to remember, Hon. David “Dido” Vega, a man who by his life and actions I will never forget!
Many are his actions but let me share a few with you that I have gathered from his friends. He knew how to work well under pressure. As a renowned basketball player in high school, everyone remembers how one time playing against Excelsior High School for the nationals, the game was tight throughout, Dido was fouled, and CCC was down by two points. The stadium was packed and Dido stepped up for the two free throws…BOOM…Dido scores the 2 free throws, tying the game and sending it into overtime. His classmates never forgot how cool he worked under pressure.
In the year 2013, I remember Dido coming to visit me to say he was interested in entering the political field. I asked him, “Dido, are you sure?” He told me, “Deputy, I am as sure as the time I wanted my Bachelor’s degree. I had no money. I saved enough for just a one-way ticket to Florida and went and just parked in front of the University.” I asked him again and he repeated the story.
From then I was convinced he had that drive, that inner strength, the right material to be a PUP standard bearer and one who would deliver for us.
During this time various elections were held and always he was front and centre—never backing down. These were tough times in opposition and just his presence helped me to get through.
Dido had a gift, a mathematical mind. During the counting for the municipal elections in 2018, at about twenty minutes in the counting he texted me, “We are gonna win”. I was skeptical and so I called him. He said, “I am in the counting room, and 99.6% sure we will win.” Upon hearing that from him, I knew that we had won.
This skill he repeated for several village council elections in my area. I remember in one of the countings, again he called me, “We win deputy.” That was all I needed to know, I started celebrating. We asked him how he could tell the results so early. He did explain, but we couldn’t fully comprehend it and we just marvelled at his brilliant mathematical mind.
He also ran for the Municipal elections and though not successful, he did make inroads for the party for our future successes.
His colleague, campaigner, executive member, Ms. Zeni related how a student had asked him for help, and Dido, knowing full well his parents were UDP supporters, did not hesitate to help. He immediately gave an assistance for his school fees. The student said, “Ms. Zeni, we really needed that help. Of course I will vote for him.”
No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help the less fortunate. David “Dido” Vega was a tall and giant of a man.
Goodbye friend. Your candle blew out long before your legend ever will! I will never forget you.