Cebu City’s Rep. Raul del Mar passes away at 79

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CEBU City North District Representative Raul del Mar died in a hospital in Manila Monday night, November 16. He was 79.

Del Mar’s death was confirmed by the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC), as it mourned the death of the “author of Cebu Press Freedom Day law and expanded Sotto law.”

“Del Mar passed away early Monday night, Nov. 16 in a hospital in Manila where he had been attending virtual sessions of the House. He would’ve turned 80 on March 20,” the CCPC said.

House deputy secretary general Dante Maling, in a telephone interview, said they have yet to receive a report on Del Mar’s death as of Tuesday morning, November 17.

Del Mar was born in Cebu City and was congressman for a total of nine terms from 1987.

He belonged to the Bando Osmeña – Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) and the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

He left behind his wife, Melanie, and children Cebu Representative Rachel “Cutie” and Raoul. (SunStar Philippines)