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Oblates' Fr. Mercado dies of heart attack

Fr. Eliseo Mercado, OMI, peace advocate succumbs to heart attack


MANILA – The Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in the Philippines confirmed reports Fr. Eliseo “Jun” de la Rosa Mercado, Jr. passed away this afternoon due to heart attack.


In the OMI Facebook pace said Fr. Mercado experienced COVID-19 symptoms at his residence at the OMI Novitiate in Tamontaka and was admitted to the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) last May 8. After due tests, CRMC confirmed Fr. Jun was COVID-19 positive.


“For several days and weeks, he fought successfully against the virus and its symptoms in spite of many complications and on May 22, his RT-PCR test yielded a COVID negative result,” the statement revealed.


He was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the CRMC to complete his recover when suddenly at about 3:20 P.M. today, his heart stopped due to heart attack.


The hospital staff administered emergency Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on Fr. Mercado for several times until Fr. Mercado no longer responded to any of the medical interventions given him. He expired at 3:25 P.M.


No other details have been released by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as of this writing.


Whenever in Manila, he always found time to participate in Public Affairs events on the pursuit of peace in southern Philippines, especially between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). (Melo M. Acuña)



Fr. Eliseo de la Rosa Mercado, Jr., OMI in one of his animated discussions with other panelists at Tapatan sa Aristocrat. (File Photo/Melo M. Acuna)

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