OrMin former Cong. Reynaldo Umali dies at 63

Former Cong. Reynaldo ‘Rey’ Umali of the 2nd District of Oriental Mindoro has died Thursday morning, January 7, due to cardiac arrest. He was 63.

This was confirmed by his brother incumbent 2nd District Rep. Alfonso Umali in an interview with DZBB. He also admitted that former Rep. Rey was found to have been infected by Covid-19 during a check-up early December 2020 which further aggravated his health condition.

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“Noong December 12, nagpa-check up siya, doon nakita na may COVID na siya. Tapos nakita na may Stage 3 cancer siya,” Umali bared. “Tapos ilang days lang, na-aggravate, naging Stage 4 liver cancer.”

Rep. Rey Umali had his checkup before which revealed a fatty liver. He failed to have to have follow up check up due to pandemic. It’s only on December 12 that he had the chance to do so.

He was then sent to ICU on December 21 and had to be intubated on December 26.

“Kahapon, nakakita ng bacteria sa kanyang liver. Ngayong umaga, bumaba na ang dugo niya tapos nag-cardiac arrest kaninang umaga,” Rep. Alfanso Umali said.

Meanwhile, Ian Michael Tantoco Umali said his father’s body will be cremated since he had a Covid-19.

“Since nagkaroon siya ng Covid, he has to be cremated. We’ll gonna hold a small funeral for him. And then after that he has to be cremated after three days.”

When asked by Julius Babao during his interview with Teleradyo if there were other family members who had Covid-19, Ian admitted her mother and one of his brothers also contacted the virus before.

“Actually it was also my Mom, and one of my brothers also. And some of our helpers in the house. But all of them have since recovered. It’s just that my Dad wasn’t able to recover.”

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Former Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali.

Ian added his father was confined at Saint Luke Hospital on December 12 before passing away around 8:25am Thursday.

Cong. Rey Umali represented the 2nd District of Oriental Mindoro at the House of Representatives for three terms. He then ran as Governor in 2019 but lost.

As Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, he led the impeachment trial Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in 2017.

He was also instrumental in probing the alleged drug links of Senator Leila de Lima in 2016.

His brother Cong. Alfonso Umali took his place in the House of Representatives.

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