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Sulu rep. succumbs to liver cancer

Zamboanga City – The people of Sulu yesterday mourned the death of First District Rep. Habib Tupay Loong, who died of liver cancer in

Rep. Habib Tupay Loong

Rep. Habib Tupay Loong

Manila at dawn yesterday. He was 69.

Loong who was re-elected to his post in the May 9 polls, died at about 12:30 a.m. yesterday after being confined for more than a month at St. Lukes Hospital in Quezon City.

Loong was one of the founders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and held a rank of commander before he quit in 1974.

His remains arrived in Zamboanga City shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday on a commercial flight from Manila.

Mourners trooped to the local airport here to meet his remains, which were brought to the family residence in Tumaga here.

After an hour, he was brought to Jolo, Sulu onboard a military fast craft for Muslim rites and interment.