MANILA - Former Ilocos Norte Rep. Roquito "Roque" Ablan Jr. passed away on Monday at 85, his family said.
"My dad passed away peacefully this morning. Lucky to be at his bedside when he died," his son, Assistant Communications Secretary Kris Ablan, said in a Facebook post.
The cause of Ablan's death was not released. Details of the wake have yet to be announced.
Ablan was an 8-term lawmaker who represented the 1st district of Ilocos Norte. His last stint as lawmaker was during the 14th Congress from 2007 to 2010.
He was a close friend and political ally of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. In 1998, he ran for governor and lost to Marcos' son and namesake, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.