MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Zambales 2nd District Rep. Antonio Diaz passed away at the age of 83 on Wednesday morning, one of his staff confirmed.
Congressional staff Ariel Maliksi said the third-termer representative, who has been battling diabetes, died at 6:20 a.m. at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City due to multiple organ failure, secondary to sepsis and pneumonia.
The remains of Diaz were transferred to Arlington in Quezon City in preparation for his wake at the Christ the King Church in Greenmeadows.
Meanwhile, a necrological service will be held for Diaz at the House of Representatives at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
“His demise is a great loss to the people of Zambales, whom he faithfully represented and served during his extensive years of service at the House of Representatives,” said the House of Representatives in a statement.
Diaz is survived by his four children Ramon Victor, Roderick Albert, Roberto Carlos and Rica Victoria.
Diaz was a member of the 7th Congress representing the previously Lone District of Zambales (1969-1973) and Assemblyman of the Interim Batasang Pambansa (1984-1986).
He completed 3 consecutive terms as representative of the 2nd District of Zambales from 1992 to 2001, and went back to office in 2004 after a 3-year break to serve for another three consecutive terms.
Zambales 1st District Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay extended her condolences to Diaz’s family through her Twitter account.
“Condolence to the family of Cong. Antonio Diaz. To Arvi, Ricky, Bobby and Rica and their families, my deepest sympathy,” she said. – Reports from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News; Junry Hidalgo, dzMM