COTABATO CITY – Tacurong City Mayor Angelo Montilla has succumbed to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) while undergoing medication at a hospital in General Santos City Sunday night.
“It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected and sudden passing of our beloved mayor, Angelo ‘Roncal’ Ortizo Montilla,” the Tacurong City government announced Monday through its official Facebook page.
Allan Freno, Tacurong City spokesperson, said the mayor had tested positive for COVID-19 and was brought to a hospital in General Santos City.
“He fought but sadly succumbed to the virus at around 9:30 in the evening of June 6,” Freno said.
The mayor’s remains will be cremated Monday, June 7, Freno added.
Before his death, Montilla continued to physically report to work despite the risk brought about by the pandemic.
“Mayor Roncal will be remembered as a tireless leader who sacrificed his life in the name of public service,” Freno said.
Freno said the wake and burial deyails of the late mayor is yet to be announced.
Vice Mayor Lino Montilla, the late mayor’s brother, will assume as city mayor.