Former Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. dies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — Former Camarines Sur Representative Rolando "Nonoy" Andaya Jr. died on Thursday morning, his family confirmed.

"With deep grief and sadness, we announce the untimely death of our father... We request for your fervent prayers for his eternal repose, and to allow us, his family, to grieve privately our loss," his family said in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon.

The family did not provide any details on Andaya's cause of death. An initial report from the Naga City police said he was found dead in his bedroom, and that he may have killed himself.

Andaya previously served as House Majority Floor Leader and Budget secretary.

Before the 2022 elections, he initially announced his intention to vie for Camarines Sur's first district congressional post, before filing his candidacy for the gubernatorial position in November 2021.

He eventually lost to Luigi Villafuerte in the gubernatorial race.

In issued statements, lawmakers paid tribute to Andaya.

"Nonoy was my brother, for we shared a common mentor, his father, in the House. I am especially saddened by how heavily the loss of his beloved Marissa, my colleague, must have weighed on Nonoy," Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said.

Marissa, who served as Camarines Sur 1st district representative, died of cancer in July 2020.

Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor also said that the death of his wife "took a toll on" Andaya.

"She was his reason for being. He could not do anything without her," Defensor said.

Defensor also shared a short anecdote about Andaya when he was still the budget chief under former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Salceda, meanwhile, said Andaya will be remembered for his vigor in discussing national budgets.