Joel Virador, former Bayan Muna lawmaker, dies at 52
DAVAO CITY — Former Bayan Muna Rep. Joel Virador died of a lingering ailment on Tuesday in a hospital here.
Virador, 52, died at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Brokenshire Hospital in Davao City while battling papillary carcinoma, his son Harvey Rafael Virador confirmed to the Inquirer on Tuesday.
The online site Medscape defines papillary carcinoma (PTC) as the most common form of well-differentiated thyroid cancer, and the most common form of thyroid cancer to result from exposure to radiation.
The younger Virador said doctors had spotted his father’s illness in 2013 but it was not immediately treated because the first diagnosis was not yet “cancerous.”
Harvey broke the news about his father’s death in a Facebook post.
“The best Tatay (father) in the world,” he wrote on his Facebook on Tuesday. “Thank you for your kindness, Tay, forgive me for my mistakes, take care on your journey, I love you, rest in peace.”
Born on March 5, 1967, Virador served as representative of the militant Bayan Muna partylist in the 13th Congress from June 2004 to June 2007 and served as the party’s executive vice president.
He is survived by wife Imelda, son Harvey Rafael, and daughter Joanna Paula Virador Vasig.
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