Dumaguete vice mayor dies after collapsing in bike event

Published May 30, 2021, 3:18 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

DUMAGUETE City Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova
BACOLOD CITY – Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova passed away Sunday, May 30, after he collapsed while participating in a bike-for-a-cause activity in the city.

Partymate and close friend Dumaguete Councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas said that Cordova was athletic, thus, even if he had just recovered from COVID-19, he joined the biking activity.

Arbas said that Cordova was on his way back to Dumaguete City after biking more than 30 kilometers when he suffered chest pain and collapsed on the highway near the St. Paul University.

He was revived by doctors for two hours at the hospital, but he expired around 10 a.m., initially due to cardiac arrest, Arbas said. “Never I imagined that it will happen because he’s healthy and athletic,” Arbas said.

Cordova, a lawyer, started his political career in 2007 as a councilor.

He is on his first term as vice mayor of Dumaguete and had plans to run for his second term in the May 2022 polls, Arbas said.

Arbas remembered Cordova as a good father to his children, a good leader for being sincere, honest, and committed in public service, and well-loved by the people of Dumaguete.

“He’s a big loss to Dumaguete,” Arbas said, as he enjoined everyone to mourn the death of Cordova.