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San Juan City mourns death of vice mayor

June 19, 2023 Arlene Rivera 246 views

Flag flies half-mast at city hall

THE flag flew half-mast at the San Juan City Hall as officials and residents mourned the death of Vice Mayor Warren Villa, which was not disclosed the cause on Sunday night.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora announced in a Facebook post on Monday issued an Executive Order (EO) No. 151 Series of 2023 declaring a week-long city-wide mourning from June 19 to 25 in San Juan City to pay respect and mourn the passing of the vice mayor.

Likewise, the Philippine flag flew half-mast as a sign of mourning.

Villa was in his second term as vice mayor. He ran with Zamora in the 2019 and 2022 elections.

The EO also said all official city events and celebrations are canceled on Monday, such as the wreath-laying ceremony, blood-letting program, 50th wedding anniversary renewal of vows, the Medical City Mobiclinic Launch, and the feeding program for Barangay Corazon De Jesus.

Zamora earlier confirmed in a social media post that Villa died Sunday night.

The cause of death was not disclosed to the media. However, in a Media Viber post, Brian Gelli of San Juan PIO (Public Information Office) said Villa “died of natural causes.”

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that a highly respected and much-loved member of the San Juan City Government, Vice Mayor Warren Villa, has passed away this evening, with his wife Inah and son Hab by his side,” Zamora said.

“Warren was a dear friend to me, and we are mourning the loss of a beloved San Juaneño whose invaluable contribution to our city’s progress, we will forever honor,” Zamora added.

Zamora asked the public to keep Villa’s family in their thoughts and prayers as they face an incredibly difficult time.

“Maraming salamat sa iyong kabutihan at paglilingkod sa ating mga mamamayan,” the mayor said. “Mahal ka namin, Warren.”

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