MANILA, Philippines — Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Magdara Dimaampao passed away Thursday at age 80 due to a lingering illness, his son Court of Appeals Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao said.
His remains were brought to the Masjid Al-Dahab mosque in Quiapo, Manila for cleansing and will immediately be brought to Lanao Del Sur for his burial.
It is a Muslim custom that when one passes away, he must be buried within 24 hours.
Prior to his stint at the Comelec, he served as Ambassador of the Philippines to Iraq and also held the position of Deputy Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Dimaampao also served the judiciary as a city judge of Marawi in Lanao Del Sur.