Ex-Senator Alvarez, wife Cecille Guidote battling with COVID-19 – DAR

Robie de Guzman
Former secretary, Heherson Alvarez with wife, Cecille Guidote-Alvarez

MANILA, Philippines – Employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Tuesday said they have been offering prayers for the recovery of the agency’s former secretary, Heherson Alvarez, who has been infected with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, DAR said Alvarez is confined in a hospital in Manila, with his wife Cecille Guidote-Alvarez, who is also battling the dreaded disease.

DAR said both are “in critical condition.”

“The couple was said to have been placed under intubation after their condition got worse,” the agency said.

“The DAR employees wish that the Alvarezes survive the scary virus, which has claimed the lives of close to a hundred Filipinos all over the country,” it added.

80-year old Heherson Alvarez, also a former senator, headed DAR from 1986 to 1987. He also served as congressman for Isabela province.

His wife Cecille, 76, is the founder of the Philippine Educational Theater Association and developed a practical program for national theater which won her a Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1972.

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