BACOLOD CITY–Former Negros Occidental 3rd District Board Member David Lacson died from COVID-19 complications in a private hospital in Bacolod City on December 3.
His cousin, former board member Patrick Lacson, said the 46-year-old former mayor died at the Riverside Medical Center in Bacolod City.
“While I feel sad that you passed away so soon, I’m happy that there is nothing but love between us that not even politics was able to destroy,” Lacson posted on his Facebook account.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, a relative, learned of the sad news while he was having a fellowship with the local media.
The governor said it was only last month, during the birthday of his cousin, Board Member Andrew Montelibano, when David was advised by his relatives and friends to undergo a medical checkup or have himself admitted to the hospital because of his cough and hoarse voice.
Colleagues of Lacson who are mourning his passing described him as a “good public servant” and one of the strong pillars of the United Negros Alliance (UNegA).
Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, another close friend and political ally of the deceased, said that the last time he and the former three-term mayor of EB Magalona spoke was on December 30, during which he advised him to check himself in a hospital.
Ferrer said, in fact, he was so worried, he called Lacson’s cousin, Board Member Andrew Montelibano, and urged him to fetch David from his house and bring him to a hospital.
“I am very saddened by his demise as he was a loyal friend and member of the UNegA,” said the vice governor.
The party passed a resolution during their general assembly on Saturday, December 4, expressing their sympathy to Lacson’s family.
David was survived by his wife, Risa, and children Moki, Drianna, and Jaime.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental is also expected to pass a resolution during its regular session on Tuesday expressing their sympathy to the family of Lacson.
David, Patrick, and Board Member Andrew Montelibano are first cousins. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)