Basilan congresswoman passes away

Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2016 08:32 PM

BASILAN- Basilan Rep. Jum Akbar died Friday night at the St. Luke's Medical Hospital because of reported cardiac arrest.

Her family has yet to issue an official statement, as of posting time.

The congresswoman was the first wife of Wahab Akbar, who died in the 2007 Batasan bombing in Quezon City,

Her son Al-Qauid was elected mayor of Isabel Basilan last May, while Wahab's third wife, Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar, was elected vice mayor.

Technical glitches in the elections led to a five-day delay in the proclamation of the two winners.

The congresswoman's remains are expected to be brought to her home town Isabela City on Saturday.