Senior Citizens Representative Francisco “Jun” Datol Jr died on Monday morning, August 10. He was 71 years old. Rest in peace.
The House of Representatives is still gathering details on the 71-year-old lawmaker's cause of death
This was confirmed in a statement by House Secretary General Luis Montales, who said the lower chamber is still getting other details regarding the legislator’s passing.“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Cong. Jun Datol passed away a few hours ago. We will give you the details as soon as we receive them. May he rest in peace. Our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones,” Montales said.
Datol, who was serving his second term as congressman, was the chairperson of the House committee on senior citizens and had staunchly pushed for bills protecting the welfare of elderly Filipinos.He would often grill government officials attending various House hearings to increase benefits received by senior citizens.
Datol recently led the filing of House Resolution No. 1054 asking the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to expand its coverage of dialysis sessions for senior citizens from the current 90 days to 144 days.In May, Datol also
during a hearing for House members and their staff to be prioritized for coronavirus testing because they were paying their PhilHealth premiums – even if millions of ordinary Filipinos are unable to be accommodated by the country's overwhelmed healthcare system.
The lawmakertook his oath as Senior Citizens representative only in December 2019following an internal dispute within his party.During the 2019 elections, Datol, Milagros Aquino Magsaysay, and Godofredo Villar Arquiza had all claimed to be party president and each endorsed different sets of nominees for Senior Citizens.
Datol was able to take his seat in Congress after the Commission on Elections issued a certificate of proclamation declaring Senior Citizens among the winning party-list groups, with him as the duly recognized first nominee. Read more: Rappler »
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