Cadiz councilor, NOHS principal pass away

Negros Occidental High School principal Mario Amaca*

A Cadiz City councilor died of a heart attack believed to have been triggered by COVID-19 Tuesday night, Cadiz Mayor Salvador Escalante said Wednesday, October 6.

Councilor Agustin Jesmar Desuyo, 57, was rushed to the Cadiz City Emergency Clinic where he died, Escalante said.

A rapid antigen test was conducted on Desuyo who had reactive results, he said.

The doctors believe that he was suffering from COVID-19 but was unaware of it, the mayor added.

During the Cadiz Sangguniang Panlungsod Zoom session this week Desuyo’s colleagues noticed that he was quiet and appeared to be sick. He usually actively participates in the weekly city council meetings, Escalante said.

Meanwhile, Negros Occidental High School principal Mario Solinap Amaca, 59, also passed away Wednesday afternoon, former NOHS assistant principal Llenamar Melchor said.

She said Amaca who was hit with COVID-19 was initially confined at the Cadiz District Hospital and later transferred to the Riverside Medical Center in Bacolod City when his condition worsened.

He was confined in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was later transferred to a regular room but continued to have difficulty breathing although he had recovered from COVID-19 already, she said.

Amaca was again transferred to the ICU and died at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Melchor said.

“Today, we lost a great man, a good leader, a friend, a father of Negros Occidental High School”, a statement on the DepEd Tayo NOHS Facebook page said Wednesday night.

“You have left us with a brand of leadership that cares so much for its people without putting aside quality service. You have loved us and we thank you for that,” the statement added.*

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