MANILA - A former vice mayor of a town in Misamis Oriental died of COVID-19 in New York earlier this week, her family said Friday.
Former Opol town vice mayor Jeaneth Seriña, 56, died of the disease after a nearly month-long battle.
Seriña was admitted to the hospital on March 31 due to fever and difficulty breathing, said her daughter IJ Celeste Seriña-Roa.
"When I called her on the phone she could barely talk to me," she said.
Seriña succumbed to the disease on April 29, her daughter said.
Seriña-Roa said her family was not sure where her mother caught the disease. The former official was in the Philippines for 2 months before returning to New York last Feb. 29, she said.
"I think the doctors and nurses, health professionals did their best. I have no doubt," she said.
Seriña was a village chairman of Barangay Poblacion in Opol from 1992 to 2001 before serving as the town's vice mayor from 2001 to 2010.