The House of Representatives on Friday mourned the passing of Antipolo City 2nd District Rep. Resurreccion “Cion” Acop after she succumbed to coronavirus disease, her husband, former congressman Romeo Acop confirmed. She was 73.
It was disclosed that Acop and her husband had been suffering from Covid-19 since last month and had been in the intensive care unit of Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City from that month on.
While her husband’s condition improved, the congresswoman’s health did not despite being hospitalized for a month as she also suffered from multiple organ failure caused by Covid-19.
In a statement, the lower chamber mourned the demise of Acop.
“She will be remembered for her kindness, passion, and commitment to selflessly serve the people of the 2nd district of Antipolo City,” it stated.
“Our heartfelt prayers and sympathies to the family and loved ones she has left behind, especially her husband, former Rep. Romeo M. Acop,” it added.
House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, meanwhile, thanked Acop for her service.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that our good friend and a hard-working colleague, Representative Resurreccion Acop, has left us to join her Creator. My sympathies go out to the love of her life— her family, especially her husband, former Rep. Romeo Acop, friends, and constituents in the 2nd District of Antipolo. You will be terribly missed in the halls of Congress,” he said.
The late lawmaker won the 2019 elections unopposed, succeeding her husband who is a three-term congressman.
Acop, who was a medical doctor, served as the vice-chairperson for the House Committee on Health.
She was a member of the House committees on Agriculture and Food; Basic Education and Culture; Inter-parliamentary Relations And Diplomacy; Public Order And Safety; Public Works and Highways; and Welfare Of Children
Acop had principally authored 102 bills and co-authored 44 bills.