DURING the temporary political eclipse of Governor Dominador M. Camerino, 1953 to 1955, two acting governors, one after the other, were appointed by President Ramon Magsaysay. The first acting governor was Horacio H. Rodriguez, a lawyer, who served from January 1953 to May 1954. Born on May 23, 1910, in the old town of Cavite, Rodriguez was the eldest of three children of a middle class couple, Enrique S. Rodriguez and Victorina Herrera. The other Rodriguez children were Ester and Beatriz.
Horacio finished his elementary grades in the San Roque Elementary School, San Roque, Cavite, and the secondary course in the Cavite High School. He took up law at the University of Sto. Tomas, graduating in 1937. He passed the bar examinations the same year with a rating of 82,5 per cent.
While still student, Rodriguez was married to the former Pacita Sanros of Malabon, Rizal, by whom he begot four children; namely, Rosario, Horacio, Jr., Manuel (now deceased), and Enrique.
He was assistant fiscal of Cavite from 1937 until the outbreak of World War II. In 1954 he was appointed member of the Reparations Commission, retiring from this government agency in 1975.
[Sources: (1) Biodata given by Atty. Mariano B. Villanueva; and (2) Interview with Rodriguez’s younger sister, Ester Rodriguez Escalante, 81 Zulueta Street, San Roque.