FORMER Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas Sr. has passed away, his son and namesake announced on Tuesday.
Iloilo fifth district Representative Niel Tupas Jr. made the announcement on social networking site Facebook.
“At 1:35 a.m., this morning November 24, 2015, our dearest tatay, Niel D. Tupas Sr., returned to his Creator. He is now at peace with God. Thank you for all your love, prayers, and support. We love you, tatay. You will always live in our hearts,” the younger Tupas said.
The elder Tupas was 82 years old. He succumbed to multiple organ failure while confined at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City for treatment of prostate cancer and heart failure.
Tupas served as representative of the province’s fifth district from 1987 to 1998 and as an assemblyman for the Batasang Pambansa from 1978 to 1984. He was governor of Iloilo from 2001 to 2010.
The former governor’s remains will stay for three days at the Loyola Memorial in Commonwealth, Quezon City and will be brought home to Iloilo on Friday, Rep. Tupas said.
The House of Representatives extended condolences to Tupas Sr.’s family.
“In behalf of my colleagues at the House of Representatives and from the Liberal Party, I wish to extend my condolences to the loved ones of former Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, who passed away shortly after midnight,” Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said in a statement.
“We thank him for dedicating his life to the service of our country. We offer our prayers for his eternal rest as well as for comfort to those he has left behind, especially his son Niel Jr. who is our colleague at the House of Representatives,” Belmonte said.
Malacañang also expressed its condolences to the Tupas family.
“We extend our sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family of the late governor Niel Tupas Sr. His record of public service is distinctive: as governor, representative and mayor of Iloilo,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
“His loss is mourned by his province mates and the Filipino people who have value his dedication as a public servant,” he added.