Former Leyte guv succumbs to COVID-19

Published September 7, 2021, 8:41 AM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – Former Leyte Governor Leopoldo Petilla succumbed to cardiac arrest due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) complications.

His death was announced by his daughter-in-law, Palo, Leyte Mayor Frances Ann Petilla Monday (September 6).The 88-year-old patriarch of the Petilla clan was buried hours after his death according to the health protocols.

Mayor Petilla remembered his father-in-law as a lawyer who fought for the rights of the poor and the underprivileged.

“He continued his advocacy during his term as governor of the Province of Leyte. After his public service, he lived a simple, quiet, and private life. He spent time with his children and grandchildren,” said the mayor.

Petilla served as governor from 1992 to 1995.

His wife, Remedios, succeeded the post for nine years before she was replaced by their sons Carlos Jericho and Leopoldo Dominico.

Meanwhile, Southern Leyte Representative Roger Mercado tested positive for COVID-19, according to his son Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado.

The mayor said his father submitted to a swab test as a requirement for his dental surgery which turned out positive. He is asymptomatic.

He said a team has already started tracing those who have primary exposure to his father.

“We will surely exhaust all our efforts and take all the possible measures for the safety and security of all Maasinhons,” said Mercado.

The city has 101 total active cases.