Camarines Sur 1st district Rep. Marissa Andaya, 51, died of cancer last Sunday night (July 5). Her husband, former congressman Rolando Andaya Jr., said it was her second bout with cancer.
Husband Rolando said Marissa was a “cancer warrior” for seven years and her ailment recurred only last month. Despite being immunocompromised, he said his wife opted to stay in Camarines Sur to help her constituents during the COVID-19 crisis.
“She chose to be with them from Day One of the lockdown, daily doing rounds of her district, helping the sick, the stranded, and those who have lost jobs and livelihood,” he said.
“The love of my life has passed on into eternal life. Her people lost their leader, our children — their mother, and I — my best friend,” he added in a statement.
Rolando said Marissa reluctantly returned to Manila first week of June for her scheduled medical check-up. “It was there that we learned her cancer has returned with a vengeance. Surrounded by her loved ones, her beautiful heart gave up,” he said.