Dengue kills ex-Iloilo politiko’s daughter

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A child of a former mayor in Janiuay town in Iloilo province is among the latest fatalities of the dreaded disease dengue.

Former Mayor Jose “Jojo” de Paula said his daughter Jasmine Joy, 10, died from dengue fever on the evening of July 12.

“We love you, Anak,” he said on his social media account, as he recalled memories of his daughter’s school activities and Father’s Day greeting (

It was an added loss for de Paula, who is still recovering from the failure of his re-election bid last May 13.

The younger de Paula, who was studying at the Calvario Memorial Christian Elementary School in Janiuay, died at the Iloilo Mission Hospital in Iloilo City 16 days after she was diagnosed with dengue fever.

Now, the elder de Paula plans to pursue advocacy on how to prevent dengue.

Earlier, the Iloilo provincial government has sounded alarm over the rising cases of dengue in the province.

Records from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported 5,435 dengue cases from Jan. 1 to July 6, 2019. This is 901 percent higher compared to last year’s 543 cases during the same period.

Last July 5, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. signed Executive Order No. 016 declaring the dengue outbreak in the entire province.

Maasin has declared a state of calamity due to dengue.