MANILA (UPDATED/CORRECTED) - Sibulan Mayor Emmanuel "Maning" Diputado of Negros Oriental died of cardiac arrest on Sunday morning.
The mayor was with a group of friends when he experienced a heart attack at around 1 a.m., his brother Loi Diputado confirmed.
He was rushed to an intensive care unit of Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC), but was pronounced dead at 07:10 a.m.
Diputado's brother said he was earlier diagnosed with a heart illness and was under drug medication.
Diputado, 48, served for two terms as mayor of Sibulan.