Staunch transport leader and Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO) National President Efren De Luna passed away on Friday, February 26, his family members confirmed.
In a statement, De Luna’s family said the transport advocate died due to a heart attack. He was 67.
De Luna was found in his room unresponsive early Friday morning. He was rushed to a hospital but doctors were unable to revive him, the family added.
His wake is being held at Funeraria Samson in Bacoor, Cavite.
His family revealed that De Luna had been exhausted and stressed over the plight of many traditional jeepney drivers who lost their livelihoods due to the ongoing pandemic that hardly hit the transportation sector.
De Luna’s colleagues in the industry described his death as “sudden” as he was supposed to hold a press conference regarding the March 31, 2021 deadline for the filing of applications for the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.
Meanwhile, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Commissioner Aileen Lizada, who previously served as a board member at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), extended her condolences to the De Lunas.
“Up to his last breath, kapakanan pa rin ng mga jeepney drivers at operators ang ipinaglalaban. Magaling siya na leader (he still fights for the welfare of jeepney drivers and operators. He’s a great leader). I will really miss him,” Lizada said in a message.