REST IN PEACE.  Negros Oriental Governor Carlo Jorge Reyes (left) passes on Wednesday (May 31, 2023).  He took over the position of governor following the assassination of Roel Degamo in March. (File photo courtesy of Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos)

DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental Governor Carlo Jorge “Guido” Reyes died of a terminal illness at a hospital in Metro Manila on Wednesday, a Capitol official said. He was 62.

Provincial Administrator Karen Molas confirmed with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview that the governor succumbed to a terminal illness while being treated at St. Luke's Hospital.

Reyes’ daughter, she said, informed her of the governor’s passing “about an hour ago.”

“I am now on my way to inform Vice Governor Manuel “Chago” Sagarbarria of the governor’s death and turn over documents,” Molas said.

No other details were made available as of this posting.

Reyes took over the position of governor of Negros Oriental immediately after Governor Roel Degamo was killed inside his residential compound in Pamplona where he was giving government aid to beneficiaries on March 4.

Reyes was elected as vice governor during the May 9, 2022 elections where he ran in tandem with Degamo.

Vice Governor Manuel "Chaco" Sagarbarria will take Reyes' position as governor.   He is scheduled to take his oath at 3 p.m. today (May 31, 2023). (PNA)