NEGROS ORIENTAL – Re-elected Negros Oriental Gov. Emilio Macias II passed away at 3 a.m. on Sunday at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Manila after losing his battle with liver cancer. He was 76.
Provincial board member and incoming Dumaguete City Councilor Erwin Macias, son of the late governor, confirmed that his father died.
The governor died before his scheduled chemotheraphy session this week.
Macias was airlifted to Manila last month, days before his proclamation, because of his illness.
Erwin said arrangements are being made for the cremation of the governor’s body on Sunday morning in Manila.
The family hopes to bring back the governor’s remains to the province on Monday.
Negrenses are still in shock over the news that their governor died.
The Provincial Hospital of Negros Oriental, the key project of the governor, was lauded by the Department of Health (DOH) for good management by a local government.
According to the Local Government Code of the Philippines, the vice-governor-elect of the province shall replace the governor.
The vice-governor-elect of Negros Oriental is outgoing Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin Perdices.