A tribute to those who passed on
Henedina Razon-Abad, simply called as Dina became the representative of the lone district of Batanes in 2004 to 2007, and won the polls in 2010, 2013, and 2016. Described as someone who is dedicated and devoted to the cause of the Filipino people, Dina is known for being an advocate of rural development and agrarian reform. Unfortunately, at the age of 62, Abad succumbed to cancer on October 8, 2017, leaving her husband, Butch, and her four children: Julia Andrea, Pio Emmanuel, Luis Andres, and Cecilia Paz. Jum Jainudin Akbar
A Basilan native and known to be the first governor of the province, Jum Akbar succeeded her late husband and strongman, Wahab Akbar, who died during the 2007 bombing of Batasang Pambansa. Despite being soft-spoken and cool, Akbar is described to be highly-competent when it comes to hearing and plenary sessions. She is one of the legislators who strongly pushed the passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law. The 53-year-old lawmaker died on November 11, 2016 due to cardiac arrest at St. Lukes Medical Center and is survived by his son, Al-Qauid. Rodel M. Batocabe
Kabayan Partylist Representative Cirico Calalang is well-known for his public service during his term as a congressman. As a lawmaker, Calalang was able to author and co-author 47 House measure covering advocacies on juvenile justice, education, senior citizens, criminal justice, public transportation, and land use. At the age of 67, Calalang died of stroke six days after surgery. Maximo B. Dalog
Representative of the lone district of Mountain Province, Maximo Dalag or “The Wise Man,” called by his friends, pushed for the autonomy of the Cordillera region during his term. Before, he was also the chairman of North Luzon Growth Quadrangle of the 17th Congress. In the early morning of Saturday, June 3, 2017, Dalog passed away due to kidney failure. Tupay Loong
Loong was a native of Sulu who turned out to be its representative in the 17th Congress. He was also one of the founders of the group Moro National Liberation Front before quitting in 1974. In the year 2010, Loong urged the rebels and the national government in a speech to “silence their guns” in the name of peace and development for Mindanao. On June 30, 2016, Loong died due to liver cirrhosis in a Manila private hospital.