Former Dangerous Drugs Board vice chair Paul Oaminal dies

Former Dangerous Drugs Board vice chairman Clarence Paul Oaminal died on Wenesday, August 4, his family confirmed. He was 51.

"It is with deep sorry that 'Familia Oaminal' announces the death of Clarence Paul de la Victoria Oaminal," the family said in a statement.

The family said Oaminal died in his home in Talisay City, Cebu, on Wednesday, and his cause of death was "bronchial asthma in acute exacerbation."

While local media reported that his death was linked to complications from COVID-19, the family did not specify if the lawyer had the disease.

Oaminal served as undersecretary and vice chairman of the DDB from 2008 to 2010, when it was chaired by Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III.

Following his stint at the DDB, he would often give legal workshops to various police units in Cebu on the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Oaminal was a petitioner seeking the injunction of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases rule requiring a 14-day quarantine for passengers arriving in Cebu. (READ: Cebu lawyers take IATF to court over quarantine protocols)

Oaminal wanted the implementation of Cebu province's two-day facility quarantine rule with swab upon arrival instead of the national government's requirement for a full 14-day quarantine. 

Oaminal was also a columnist for local newspaper The Freeman, where he wrote about Cebu history in his weekly column, Cebupedia. 

Oaminal is survived by his wife, Daisy; his daughter, Ona. – Rappler.com

Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers Cebu and the Visayas for Rappler. He covers all news in the region, but is particularly interested in people stories, development issues and local policy making.

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