UPDATED: Rep. Iggy Arroyo dies; ex-FG Mike Arroyo makes announcement after life support plug is pulled

Radyo Inquirer reports that Congressman Iggy T. Arroyo, who represents the fifth district of Negros Occidental, has just died. In the Radyo Inquirer Twitter page, the report was attributed to one of their reporters, Isa Avendano.

Above is a screenshot of Radyo Inquirer’s breaking news tweet. They got their information from former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, who later took back what he said about his brother Rep. Iggy Arroyo being dead. The former First Gentleman said Rep. Iggy Arroyo has been declared "clinically dead" but he was still hooked to a life support system, which "could be taken out anytime."

 

(UPDATE No. 3, 3:55 a.m., Friday, January 27) Radyo Inquirer reported around noon on Thursday, Janaury 26, that Congressman Ignacio "Iggy" T. Arroyo, who represents the fifth district of Negros Occidental, had had died. In the Radyo Inquirer Twitter page, the report was attributed to one of their reporters, Isa Avendano.

 

Avendano revealed that the congressman had "succumbed to cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment for liver ailment abroad." In December 2011, Arroyo, 60, had said that he was going to stay longer in the UK for his treatment.

 

Avendano had then added that the congressman’s brother, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, said his remains will be brought home "any day now."

 

However, just a couple of hours later on the same day, ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz (as well as Kara David of GMA News) later revealed: "Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo just clarified to ABS-CBN News [that] his brother is brain dead or clinically dead but has not been pronounced as dead by doctors."

 

Cruz added: "The former First Gentleman says his source at his brother's bedside initially told him that he passed away, only to find out just now that Iggy is still on life support. Arroyo says though that life support could be taken out anytime. Arroyo says he will issue a statement at the proper time."

 

The former First Gentleman’s clarification comes in the wake of Philippine TV stations and other media outfits already broadcasting and publishing stories about his brother’s death.

 

An ABS-CBNNNews.com report updated on Friday, January 27, 12:51 a.m. confirmed that Rep. Arroyo had already died. The report quoted the ex-First Gentleman, who said, "Support systems were pulled out already... My brother passed away already. I’m so sad."

 

The report named the hospital that Rep. Arroyo had been confined in as The London Clinic. It also revealed that "no one was with Iggy Arroyo in London, except for his common-law wife Grace Ibuna." Ibuna, who has declined to give a statement to the public, is also known for her past relationship with actor Gabby Concepcion, with whom she has a daughter.

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Note: This is a developing story and will be updated as more details are disclosed. The first version of this story was published at around 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 26.

 

For more on this story, follow Radyo Inquirer or GMA News’ Kara David on Twitter. You may also visit the blog of ABS-CBN’s RG Cruz or log on to ABS-CBNNNews.com.

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