Ex-Batangas vice gov Ricky Recto passes away

MANILA, Philippines — Former Batangas vice governor Ricky Recto has passed away, Batangas 6th District Rep. Ralph Recto confirmed on Tuesday morning.

According to the lawmaker, their family is asking for time and space to grieve privately.  They assured the public, though, that arrangements are being made for a memorial, details of which may be announced soon.

The former vice governor is the older brother of former senator and now Batangas representative Recto.

“With sadness, we share the news that our brother Ricky has passed away.  Words are hard to come by to express the sorrow of losing him, but we take comfort in our fond memories of him to overcome the pain we feel,” the younger Recto said.

“We are touched by your kind words and prayers, but in the meantime, we ask for the time and space to grieve in private.  But we do recognize that Ricky had served as a national athlete and elected official, so a simple memorial is being discussed, the details of which may be announced soon,” he added.

It could be remembered that the older Recto expressed his intention to run for the gubernatorial post of Batangas, but eventually withdrew his candidacy.  No reason was given why he backed out of the local race.

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