FIVE days after former Dumanjug mayor Nelson Garcia passed away, his younger brother, Barili Mayor Marlon Garcia, died in a private hospital in Cebu City at dawn Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.
Marlon, 58, previously tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
His passing was first announced on Facebook by his brother Winston.
Nelson, 61, died on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The cause of his death was not divulged. He was buried on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Marlon and Nelson had been admitted at the Chong Hua Hospital.
Barili Vice Mayor Julieto Flores formally assumed the acting mayor post last Aug. 27.
Winston, chairman of the Cebu CFI Community Cooperative, did not mention the cause of Marlon’s death.
In his Facebook post, Winston, former Government Service Insurance System president and general manager, said, “To lose one brother is painful enough, but to lose another brother in the same week, my heart just can not take any further.”
“The true fighter that he was, my brother, Marlon has been fighting for his life for the last few weeks,” he added.
Marlon was among the seven mayors in Cebu who were infected with Covid-19. The others were Mayors Junard Chan of Lapu-Lapu City, Sun Shimura of Daanbantayan, Michael Angelo Sestoso of Alcoy, Danilo Diamante of Tuburan, Jose Antonio Pintor of Asturias and Lakambini Reluya of San Fernando.
It was Marlon’s sister, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who announced his battle against Covid-19 last Aug. 10.
On Aug. 6, the governor got tested for the respiratory illness after delivering her message during Cebu’s 451st Charter Day celebration. Her result came back negative.
“He was passionate in his advocacy for the upliftment of the lives of the people of Barili, Cebu, whom he served as Mayor since 2016, and previously, as Vice Mayor. He wholeheartedly served the Province of Cebu as Vice President for Internal Affairs of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines Cebu chapter,” the governor said of Marlon in a post on her Facebook page.
“In the weeks leading to his untimely passing, Mayor Marlon was eager to be discharged so he could continue on in his relentless efforts for the economic revival of Barili,” she said. “Mayor Marlon fought bravely until the very end.”
Marlon was a graduate of Bachelor of Laws from the University of San Carlos and was a legislative officer at the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1989, according to the Barili Municipal Government website.
He served as assistant vice president of AMA Computer College for Cebu Operations until 1992. He become a contracts manager at the University of Houston from 2000 to 2005.
Marlon’s other siblings are Cebu Third District Rep. Pablo John Garcia and Byron Garcia, former Capitol security consultant and head of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.
Their parents are former governor and congressman Pablo Garcia and judge and CFI founder Esperanza Fiel Garcia, who died in 2016. / MVG, ANV / KAL