Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda, Jr. passed away on Monday evening, 8:58 pm, due to multiple-organ failure.
The 81-year-old ex-senate president’s death was confirmed by his son Edmond via a text message to Inquirer. Maceda passed away at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City.
“At 8:58 this evening, my father passed away due to multiple-organ failure. He was 81 years old and lived a life dedicated to his family and public service,” Edmond said.
The wake will start today at 3:00 p.m. It will be held at Mount Carmel Shrine, Quezon City. Interment will be on Saturday, June 25. Edmond requested the public to pray for the eternal repose of his father’s soul.
Earlier reports published on Monday revealed that Maceda, as told by his son, may have fallen into a comatose state. This was due to complications that surfaced after his gallbladder surgery. Edmond said his father had bleeding after the surgery.
However, Edmond revealed that on Sunday, his father was still conscious following the surgical operation. He further stated that Maceda was able to have a good sleep that night. Edmond narrated that his father remained mentally sharp despite not being able to speak due to the tube in his mouth. He said that his father was happy to have made it successfully through the operation.
However, Maceda, later on, had internal bleeding after the removal of his gall bladder. This affected his heart and kidney. On Monday morning, he was unconscious with medical experts trying to revive his heart. “I guess his heart failed. It wouldn’t respond,” Edmond said.
On Monday afternoon, Maceda’s chief of staff, Jimmy Policarpio, said that Maceda was already considered “clinically dead.” He had life support machine connected to him.
Edmond, on the other hand, said that his father's chances of surviving were very slim. He further revealed that they were just waiting for their eldest brother to arrive from Hong Kong before they pull and disconnect the life support machine.