Palawan lawmaker Hagedorn dies at 76

Palawan Rep. Edward Hagedorn passed away early Tuesday morning, his chief of staff confirmed to Daily Tribune. He was 76.

Hagedorn’s official Facebook page said that the lawmaker “died peacefully” but did not reveal the cause of death.

“Cong. Ed’s life speaks volumes, particularly in his role as a champion for the environment, tourism, agriculture, and peace and order,” the post reads.

“His efforts created inclusive spaces for the community and inspired a collective desire for change… Above all, Cong. Ed’s life journey has always been fueled by hope and void of fear.”

Hagedorn’s family has yet to discuss any public service arrangements, the post added.

Prior to his stint in Congress, Hagerdon was the long-time mayor of Puerto Princesa from 1992 to 2013.

He took a brief hiatus in 2001 after becoming term-limited.

In 2013, Hagerdon ran for the senatorial race but lost.

The House leadership is “deeply saddened” by Hagedorn’s loss, who was a “guiding light and inspiration” to many House members.

“As we remember, Cong. Ed, let us not only grieve his passing but also celebrate the inspiration he provided. His legacy calls us to continue his work with the same passion and love he demonstrated every day,” Speaker Martin Romualdez said.

“To have known and worked with Cong. Ed has been an honor and a privilege. His spirit and legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire us all,” he added.

The House chief asked the nation to condole Hagedorn’s family “as they tread through this period of grief.”

“May they find solace in the immense legacy he leaves behind and the countless lives he touched,” Romualdez said.

Back in July, Hagedorn was found guilty of malversation of public property by the Sandiganbayan for his failure to turn over government-issued firearms when he was still the mayor of Puerto Princesa City.

Despite the guilty verdict, Hagerdon asserted his innocence on the charges.