Cebu City Rep. Raul del Mar has died at 79, House of Representatives Secretary General Jocelia Bighani Sipin confirmed on Tuesday.
House leaders led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez offered their condolences to the family of Del Mar.
No details were given on the cause of Del Mar’s death.
“I am deeply saddened by the news that my good friend and colleague, Representative Raul Del Mar, has left us to join his Creator. My sympathies go out to the love of his life— his family, friends and constituents in Cebu City,” Romualdez said in a statement.
“Rep. Del Mar will be terribly missed in the halls of Congress, where he devoted most of his public life crafting legislation that aims to improve our people’s living conditions. At a ripe age of 79, he never got tired of reporting for work to serve his constituents even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Farewell, my dear friend. May your memories as a dedicated public servant— one of Cebu’s best—never be forgotten.”
Like Romualdez, Velasco was saddened by del Mar’s passing.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his constituencies in the first district of Cebu City, whom he had served well despite his health condition,” Velasco said.
He said despite already being in the hospital, Del Mar still attended the virtual plenary sessions and public hearings of the House in performance of his duties and mandate as a lawmaker.
He added that Del Mar would have been elected as deputy speaker under his term.
“His contributions to Congress and the nation cannot be overstated, having served a total of nine terms as congressman since 1987. He was a mentor to me and many others,” Velasco said.
“The dedication of Congressman Del Mar to public service is truly remarkable and serves as an inspiration to many. We owe him a debt of gratitude. He will be missed.”
Del Mar served as representative of the first district of Cebu City for nine terms, from 1987 to 1998, 2001 to 2010 and 2013 to the present.
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