MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Former ambassador Jose Apolinario Lozada, Jr. has passed away, his daughter said Tuesday. He was 67.
Lozada had suffered a brain hemorrhage and was confined at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, his daughter told ABS-CBN News.
As a long-time diplomat, Lozada was posted in Austria, Palau, and the Holy See.
He served as former President Fidel V. Ramos' adviser for foreign affairs and Appointments secretary from 1992 to 1998.
Following his Cabinet stint, he represented Negros Occidental at the House of Representatives for 2 consecutive terms until 2004. He chaired the House foreign affairs committee and was the main author of the Dual Citizenship Act.
In 2010, Lozada sought but failed to seek a Senate seat under the ticket of former President Joseph Estrada.
He then served as foreign affairs adviser at the Office of the Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Lozada was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and conquered the disease the following year, an Inquirer report said.
Lozada's brother Edgar said the former lawmaker died peacefully.
He said their family takes pride in what his brother achieved and contributed to the province and to the country.
The family was supposed to gather for his 68th birthday this August 17, Edgar said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs will be giving honors to Lozada in Arlington Chapel Manila, he said.
Lozada's remains will be brought to his hometown in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental on Saturday. -- With reports from Christian Esguerra and Nico Delfin, ABS-CBN News