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Tarlac Rep. Jose Yap passes away at 81

(UPDATED 3:15 p.m.) Rep. Jose "Aping" Yap Sr. of the second district of Tarlac passed away on Tuesday, House of Representative secretary general Marilyn Yap told GMANews.TV in a telephone interview. The House secretary general said the lawmaker's family "gave minimal details" about Yap's death and only said that "he died early Tuesday morning." The family also refused to disclose the the cause of Yap's demise.
Rep. Jose Yap, 81.
The 81-year-old congressman from the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party was a three-term Tarlac governor from 1998 to 2007. He was also the representative of the second district of Tarlac from the sixth to the 10th Congress or from 1965 to 1998 until he was replaced by Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III in the 11th Congress, now running for president under the Liberal Party. He served as the government's peace negotiator with the National Democratic Front and administrator of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System during the Aquino administration. The lawmaker's remains are currently at the Sta. Maria Della Strada Parish Church on Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. The remains will be brought to the Batasan Pambansa on Thursday for the necrological services. From the Batasan, Yap's body would be brought to his home town of Victoria, Tarlac. His remains will lie in state at the Tarlac Provincial Capitol. Interment is scheduled on Friday, March 5. - MARK D. MERUEƑAS/ARCS/FVI GMANews.TV