MADDELA, Quirino – Days after he stepped down from his post due to a lingering ailment, Mayor Florante “Pong” Ruiz passed away on Wednesday, people close to him said. He was 61.
Ruiz died while being treated in a hospital. The town hall has flown its flag at half-mast to mourn his death.
The longtime public servant was described by his colleagues as “very generous.”
When he resigned last week, Ruiz said his “recurring illness” had been preventing him from doing his job.
A law graduate, Ruiz started his government service as the first town secretary in nearby Nagtipunan town.
He first won as mayor in this town in May 2001 and later served for three consecutive terms until 2010 and then served as vice mayor.
Ruiz also once led the Quirino mayors’ league association.
In the May 2019 elections, he ran again and won as mayor. [ac]
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