When Mayor Cesar C. Climaco left for
Hector Carvajal Suarez was born on February 27, 1907, in the barrio of San Jose Gusu. “Hecky”, as he was called, took up his elementary education at the
He came back to Zamboanga to practice his profession. He became a well-known lawyer who took care of clients from all walks of life. He was noted to have a soft spot for the poor. According to his wife Dulcing, on many occasions he would not even charge for his services in defending poor clients.
His popularity later gained him political prominence. He served as an appointed mayor until 1955. In 1956, when the first election for mayor was held, he ran but lost to Cesar C. Climaco, who had returned from
In 1964, Hecky ran against Ferrer, defeating the latter. He would serve Zamboanga for a three-year term. In 1967, he was defeated by Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. After his defeat, Suarez decided to retire from public life.
Mayor Suarez is well remembered for his barrio beautification projects. It was Hecky who thought of bringing electricity to the barrios. Another major project of his was the construction of schools in the rural areas. It was also through his efforts that the income earned by the local water utility in the city was transferred from the national to the city coffers.