By Ben Rosario
Batanes Congresswoman Henedina (Dina) Abad, wife of former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, died Sunday after losing a battle with colon cancer that was diagnosed late last year. She was 62.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez directed that the House of Representatives flag be flown at half mast as he led congressmen in extending their sympathy with the Abad family.
Before her death, Rep. Abad was chairperson of the House Committee on Government Reorganization.
A deputy speaker during the 16th Congress, Abad was among the key House officials who were replaced from their respective posts for refusing to support the Duterte administration-backed bill restoring the death penalty.
Congresswoman Abad, who was also vice chairperson of the Committee on Rural Development, did not show up during the third and final voting on the measure last March since she was already on medical leave due to her health condition.
The lady solon represented the lone district of Batanes from 2004 to 2007 for her first term. She was serving her third term in office at the time of her death.
Rep. Abad was the third House member to die during the current 17th Congress. Sulu Rep. Tupay Loong succumbed to hearth failure while Basilan Rep. Jum Akbar died of colon cancer.
Partymates of Abad, a senior member of the Liberal Party, were saddened by her demise.
Former LP stalwart and Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas said: “I was truly saddened to hear of the loss of an esteemed colleague to whom I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to know as a remarkable teacher and friend.”
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