MANILA, Philippines (Updated) – Camiguin lone district representative Pedro Romualdo passed away at 2:35 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, due to pneumonia.
Romualdo, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), was 77. He passed away while confined at the Makati Medical Center.
The news was confirmed by House of Representatives Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap.
“No details released by [Romualdo’s] family yet,” Barua-Yap said in a text message.
A wake will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Felicidad Chapel, Arlington, Araneta Avenue, Quezon City according to the Office of the House Secretary General and Interparliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Bureau.
The House Secretariat said the tentative schedule for the transfer of his remains to Camiguin province is on Friday, April 26.
Before his death, Romualdo was running for re-election in the May 13 polls with a lone challenger, Nacionalista Party’s Homobono Adaza. It was not immediately known if the family or his party will field a substitute candidate.
He is the father of re-electionist Camiguin Gov. Jesus Jardin Romualdo. The father himself was governor from 1998 to 2007.
He first served as Camiguin’s representative for 3 terms, from 1987 to 1998, after which he served as the province’s governor. His current term at the House started in 2007.
Romualdo is a vice chairperson of the House committee on justice and is a member of 8 other committees.
The lawmaker is known for his strong opposition to the freedom of information (FOI) bill. In the 14th Congress, Romualdo objected to the ratification of the proposed FOI law as he questioned the lack of quorum.
Romualdo successfully blocked the ratification of the FOI bill, a step needed to enact the proposed law.
His party posted on Twitter: “Our condolences to the family of NPC Camiguin Lone District Representative Pedro Romualdo, a great public servant who passed away this a.m.”
Romualdo’s colleagues also took to Twitter to relay their condolences to the lawmaker’s family.
“My prayers go out to the family of our colleague Rep. Pedro Romualdo of Camiguin who passed away this morning. Rest in peace manong,” Cebu Rep Luigi Quisumbing posted in his account.
“Rest in God’s care Cong. Loloy Romualdo,” DIWA party-list Rep Emmeline Aglipay said. – Rappler.com