MANILA - Camarines Sur First District Rep. Marissa Andaya has passed away, her husband, former Rep. Rolando Andaya, confirmed Sunday night.
In a statement, Rolando said Marissa "has passed on into eternal life" after battling cancer for seven years.
"The love of my life has passed on into eternal life. Her people lost their leader, our children their caring mother, and I my best friend," he said.
"Marissa was a cancer warrior, staving off of the ravages of that cruel disease for seven years. Always cheerful, she never allowed her sickness infect the people around her with despair. Even at her lowest point, it was she who kept our spirits up, and never for once relinquished her role as the anchor of the family," Rolando added.
Rolando said Marissa learned that her disease returned during a scheduled medical check-up last month.
"She reluctantly returned to Manila on the first week of June for her scheduled medical check-up. It was there that we learned that her nemesis has returned with a vengeance," he said.
Rolando also asked his friends to give the family space to grieve privately. He also said they will soon announce funeral details.
- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News