Former Senator Sonny Osmeña passes away at 86


Former Senator and Toledo City Mayor John Henry “Sonny” R. Osmeña passed away on Tuesday, February 2. He was 86.

Annie Osmeña-Aboitiz, Osmeña’s sister, announced his passing, saying the former senator passed away at 2:45 PM in his condominium unit in Cebu City, news outlet Manila Bulletin reported.

The cause of death was undisclosed, but Osmeña “was immediately cremated” after his death, the statement read.

In a Facebook post, his former staff Ferliza Contratista also confirmed his passing and added that “a Holy Mass through Zoom will be announced soon.”

Osmeña earlier contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but was able to recover. Contratista said Osmeña was able to go out and attend celebrations until December 24.

The former senator was then hospitalized on January 9 “for pain” but was discharged last January 16, a day before turning 86.

Osmeña is survived by his son, former Cebu vice governor, John Gregory Osmeña, his grandsons, sister Annie Osmeña-Aboitiz, and brother former Cebu governor Lito Osmeña.

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