FORMER Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali died of cardiac arrest on Thursday at the age of 63.
In a radio interview over DZBB, incumbent Oriental Mindoro Rep. Alfonso Umali said his brother was diagnosed with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) last December 2020.
Umali was also diagnosed with Stage 3 liver cancer that further aggravated to Stage 4 during the same month.
“Kahapon nakakita ng bacteria sa kanyang liver. Ngayong umaga, bumaba na ang dugo niya tapos nag-cardiac arrest kaninang umaga.” he said.
The former congressman served as chairman of the House justice committee that conducted the impeachment proceedings against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Umali served as congressman of the second district of Oriental Mindoro for three terms.
The second district is composed of the municipalities of Bansud, Bongabong, Bulalacao, Gloria, Mansalay, Pinamalayan, and Roxas.
Malacañang offered condolences to the family and colleagues of Umali.
“Nakikiramay po kami sa pamilya at mga kasamahan ni former Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Congressman Reynaldo Umali,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace press briefing.
Before proceeding with the regular press briefing, Roque offered 10 seconds of silence to remember Umali and other people who died due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In a DZBB interview, incumbent Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. AlfonsoUmali Jr. confirmed that his brother died of cardiac arrest.
However, he said the former congressman also had late-stage liver cancer and had tested positive for COVID-19.
He said his brother was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) on Dec. 21 and was intubated on Dec. 26.
During his last term in the House of Representatives in 2017, Umali served as chair of the House justice committee that oversaw the impeachment proceedings against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
His committee found probable cause to impeach Sereno after conducting hearings for seven months.
In 2018, the Supreme Court granted the quo warranto petition to remove Sereno from office on the basis of an invalid appointment. Philippine News Agency