MANILA, Philippines - Cauayan City Mayor Benjamin Dy, 60, died of complications from emphysema at 2:45 am Saturday, February 16, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
A wake will be held at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City before his remains are taken to his hometown in Cauayan City.
A member of the influential Dy clan in Isabela, Dy also served as the governor of Isabela from 1992 to 2001.
He succeeded his father, Faustino Dy Sr, who served as Isabela governor for over 20 years. His brother, Gov Faustino Dy III, now holds the position. Meanwhile, another sibling, Faustino Dy Jr was Isabela governor from 2001 to 2004.
Other siblings in government include: Cauayan Councilor Victor Dy; Isabela Rep Napoleon Dy; and former Cauayan City Mayor Caesar Dy.
He is survived by his wife Cecilia and his children Maria Carmina Natividad, Bryan Ferdinand, Bernard Faustino, Benjamin Carlo, Bien Francis, Cheyene, Fermarc, Benjamin, III Kaye Isabella, Benjamin Victor, Tara, Benjamin Isabelo, Benjamin Charles, Jamine Yssa, Selene Isabelle Benedict.
Cauayeños mourn loss
Some Cauayeño took their sympathies for their late mayor's passing to Twitter.
My you rest in peace Mayor Benjamin Dy. Isabelinos and Cauayeños will never forget you— Jennifer de Luna (@JhennDDL) February 16, 2013
Another great soul has passed. :( RIP former governor and city mayor Benjamin Dy. #fb— Eigne(@ZEigne) February 16, 2013
Rest In Peace to our Ever Supportive Mayor in our Town Mayor Ben G. Dy :'( dami niyang Nagawa sa Cauayan! -___-— Dennize Lazaro (@DennizeGael) February 16, 2013
Rest in Peace for the late mayor of cauayan city, Isabela mayor Ben Dy.. All cauayeños are mourning today for your loss.. #RiP— Nini ⚓ (@NINIxxiv) February 16, 2013
Dy, along with two of his siblings, was running unopposed in the upcoming elections. Due to his deteriorating health, he had to be replaced by his son, Bernard Faustino, as early as December last year. - Rappler.com