Camarines Sur Rep. Marissa Andaya has passed away on Sunday. Her husband, former lawmaker Rolando Andaya Jr., said she suffered from cancer recurrence.
"The love of my life has passed on into eternal life. Her people lost their leader, our children their caring mother, and I, my best friend," Andaya said in a statement posted on his Facebook page late Sunday evening.
Andaya said his wife was a cancer warrior, having battled the disease for seven years.
Although immunocompromised, she opted to stay in Camarines Sur with her constituents during the lockdown period.
"She reluctantly returned to Manila on the first week of June for her scheduled medical check-up. It was there that we learned that her nemesis has returned with a vengeance. Tonight, surrounded by her loved ones, her beautiful heart gave up," Andaya said.