MANILA (UPDATE) - Former House Speaker Arnulfo "Noli" Fuentebella passed away Wednesday morning, his son said. He was 74.
Fuentebella succumbed to heart failure after battling kidney disease for almost two years, his son Arnie said in a Facebook post.
"Your prayers for his final journey back Home will be fondly appreciated. Rest in peace, Dad," he said.
Malacañang condoled with the family of the late lawmaker and honored his service to the country.
"Former Speaker Fuentebella served the country and the province of Camarines Sur well. The time and effort he gave to improve the condition of his beloved district will always be remembered by his constituents," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
"As we pay tribute to the life and legacy of the former Speaker, we pray that his family would find strength in this time of mourning," he added.
Details of the former lawmaker's wake will be announced in the coming days, Arnie Fuentebella said.