MANILA (UPDATE)- The vice-mayor of a town in Rizal province died Tuesday, a few days after testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to his son.
Jalajala Vice-Mayor Jose "Jolet" delos Santos was diagnosed with the disease on March 25, his son Jom said in a Facebook post.
"Wala pong salita ang katumbas kung gaano kasakit at kahirap na hinde sya makita hanggang sa mga huling sandali ng kanyang buhay. Ito po ay sa kadahilananang personal niyang hiling na ayaw nyang malagay ang kanyang pamilya sa panganib," Jom said.
The local official went on isolation after showing symptoms of COVID-19, according to Jom.
"Maraming salamat po sa inyong pakikiramay. Napakasakit po sa aming buong pamilya ang biglaang pagkawala ng Ama ng ating bayan," he added.
"Bagamat gusto po natin syang makasama sa panahong ito, mas gugustuhin po ng Papa na 'wag muna tayo magtipon-tipon kung maaari, palipasin po muna natin ang crisis na ito, dahil sigurado po ako ayaw niya tayo malagay sa hindi magandang kalusugan," he said.
Jolet served as mayor of Jalajala from 1994 to 2004.
He was serving his second term as vice mayor before he died.
As of Tuesday, the Philippines has recorded more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19, with 88 deaths and 49 recoveries, according to the health department.