By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Former Iloilo Rep. Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. passed away on Monday, January 13. He was 77.
Regional broadsheet Panay News first posted on its Facebook page about the death of Syjuco around 11:40 a.m. of Tuesday.
There is no information yet over the cause of Syjuco’s death.
Syjuco served as representative of Iloilo’s second congressional district from 1998 to 2004 and from 2010 to 2010.
He also served Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Politiko learned from reliable resources that Syjuco died in Singapore while undergoing medication for his lingering illness.
Syjuco’s remains was immediately cremated in Singapore following his death.
Syjuco’s legal counsel Federico Roxas last March said the former congressman was “slowly dying” due to “advanced myelodysplastic syndrome.”
Myelodysplastic syndrome is a group of cancers cells in which “immature blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature and therefore do not become healthy blood cells.”
Syjuco’s camp cited the said medical condition when he filed his motion for plea bargain before the Sandiganbayan last March.
“(Syjuco is) slowly dying as he is currently suffering from advanced myelodysplastic syndrome,” the motion read
In August 2019, Syjuco was convicted by the anti-graft court’s second division over fraud charrges after admitting his participation over the P4.3-million cash grant to the Department of Agriculture (DA), using his Pork Barrel Funds back in 2000.