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Another brother of Cebu Governor Garcia dies

Ryan Macasero
Another brother of Cebu Governor Garcia dies

Mayor Marlon Garcia of Barili, Cebu. He is a younger brother of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo courtesy of Cebu Province Public Information Office

Photo courtesy of Cebu Province Public Information Office

Barili Mayor Marlon Garcia, who previously tested positive for COVID-19, is the second brother of Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia to die in the same week

Marlon Garcia, mayor of Barili town in southern Cebu province, died on Sunday, September 6.

Garcia is also the younger brother of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

Garcia’s death was confirmed in a Facebook post by his brother, Winston Garcia. “To lose one brother is painful enough, but to lose another brother in the same week, my heart just can not take any further. The true fighter that he was, my brother, Marlon has been fighting for his life for the last few weeks,” Winston said.

“This morning, he joins my brother, Nelson, and my mother in heaven,” he added.

The post did not mention Garcia’s cause of death.

This comes after the Cebu governor confirmed in a speech on August 2 that Marlon had tested positive for COVID-19.

The younger Garcia was elected mayor of the 2nd class municipality in 2016, and won reelection in 2019.

The southwestern Cebu town is about an hour away from Cebu City.

Marlon is the second brother from the powerful Garcia political dynasty to die in the same week.

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, September 1, Marlon’s brother and former mayor of Dumanjug town Nelson also died.

The Cebu Provincial Public Information Office’s official statement did not specify Nelson’s cause of death.

A total of 6 Cebu mayors had announced they tested positive for coronavirus since the outbreak began in March. – Rappler.com

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com