MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Malabon Mayor Canuto "Tito" Oreta passed away on Monday morning, a spokesperson said.
Malabon public information office chief Bong Padua said Oreta passed away before 10 a.m. at St. Luke's Medical Center.
Oreta, 73, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007. He was already bed-ridden for the past five months due to his ailment, according to his son, Paolo.
His nephew, Vice Mayor Antolin "Len Len" Oreta III, took over his post in an acting capacity after his condition got worse.
The wake for the late mayor will be held at the Oreta residence in Barangay Maysilo. He will be laid to rest on Sunday. – with a report from Dennis Datu, dzMM