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Datol died of Covid-19, Senior Citizens’ 2nd nominee confirms

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Senior Citizens party-list Rep. Francisco Datol Jr. died of the coronavirus, the second nominee of the group confirmed on Tuesday.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform our constituents, the senior citizens and retirees nationwide, that Rep. Francisco G. Datol, Jr has died because of acute respiratory distress due to Covid-19 on August 10, 2020,” Rodolfo Ordanes said in a statement.

Ordanes is the second nominee of Senior Citizens and “next-in-line to the seat” vacated by Datol in the House of Representatives.

Datol’s party-mate “assures that he will not let Cong. Datol’s death be in vain and that he will continue to fight for the welfare of senior citizens.”

“Cong. Datol was tireless in distributing vaccines to seniors in different communities until he succumbed to COVID-19. On August 2, days before he died, Senior Citizen Party-list Rep. Francisco Datol gave suggestions on how the authorities should conduct Covid-19 vaccination,” Ordanes said.

He quoted Datol as saying: ”I believe vaccination tents should be set up per street, instead of done by house-to-house. Street by street vaccination can be done safely and well. Pero para sa seniors, dapat puntahan mismo sa bahay para sa bahay bakunahan.”

He added that the “open air on streets and open fields would be added protection against Covid-19 because it is not a closed or enclosed or semi-enclosed space where contaminated air can circulate.”

“The Office of Congressman Datol will be in close coordination with the Secretariat of the House of Representatives for the appropriate necrological honors due the Congressman as Member of the House of Representatives,” Ordanes said.

Datol chaired the House committee on senior citizens. He strongly supported bills pushing for the welfare of senior citizens in the House.

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