MANILA (Updated) -- Three days after withdrawing his certificate of candidacy for president for the May 9 polls, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Party-list Representative Roy Señeres passed away Monday morning. He was 68.
In a radio interview, RJ Señeres announced the death of his father at 8:07 a.m. at St. Luke's Medical Center-Global City in The Fort, Taguig City due to cardiac-pulmonary arrest after a long battle with diabetes.
"Nagulat din kami. Ang importante po rito ay he's already pain free and he's resting well," said the younger Señeres.
Last Friday, Señeres, though his lawyer, announced his withdrawal from the May 2016 presidential race and expressed his intent to submit his Statement of Cancellation/Withdrawal but the document was not accepted since it was not personally filed by the aspirant himself as required by election rules.
"I wish to inform you all that after much thought and prayers to God Almighty, I am hereby announcing my withdrawal from the Philippine presidential race," said Señeres through a statement read by lawyer Candy Rivera, spokesperson of Señeres' Partido ng Mangagawa at Magsasaka Workers and Peasants Party (WPPPMM).
The lawmaker said that his doctor advised him to avoid stress to prevent the complications of his diabetes.
Malacanang expressed sympathies to the Seneres family.
"Nakikiramay kami sa kanyang pamilya," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
"Siya ay nagtaguyod sa kapakanan ng mga manggagawa bilang tagapangulo ng NLRC (National Labor Relations Commission) at nang itinalaga siya sa Gitnang Silangan bilang Ambassador," he added.
Señeres was born in Mambusao, Capiz on July 6. 1947. A lawyer by profession, he first earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Santo Tomas in 1967 and a Law degree at San Beda College in 1971.
Prior to his political career, Señeres was ambassador in the United Arab Emirates during the second half the Ramos Administration from 1994 to 1998.
He later chaired the National Labor Relations Commission of the Department of Labor and Employment from 2002 to 2005. In the 2013 elections, he was one nominees of the OFW Party-list after winning two seats in the Philippine House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will remove the name of Señeres in the final list of candidates.
"Ngayong nangyari ito, siguro ay dapat na talaga nating alisin ang pangalan niya sa balota, out of respect na rin kay Ambassador Señeres," said Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista.
According to the poll body, if the representative of a party-list group died, he or she can be replaced provided if another representative is a member of the same group and have the same surname.
The Comelec, however, said that it is impossible to happen because of lack of time.
The Comelec announced on Thursday the final list of candidates for the May 9 polls. The poll body announced six candidates for President, including Señeres. (Sunnex)