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Former DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño passes away after cancer battle

By Brooke Villanueva Published Aug 08, 2023 9:11 am

Martin Diño, former undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, has passed away after a battle with cancer.

His daughter Liza confirmed the news in a statement posted on her Facebook page on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Martin Diño, Former Undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),” she wrote, adding that he peacefully died earlier in the day at 2:15 am surrounded by his loved ones. 

Apart from being a “dedicated public servant,” Liza also described Martin as “a loving husband, father, brother, and friend.”

“His unwavering commitment to his responsibilities, his tireless work ethic, and his passion for service defined his life's journey,” she added. “His contributions to our nation's progress, particularly on local governance and community development, will forever stand as a testament to his commitment to a better society.” 

Liza also penned a message for her father in an Instagram post after his death. "My dear Papa, you fought until the end; we all did. And you were surrounded by prayers of countless people whose lives you’ve touched," she began.

"Only God knows why, despite all the outpour of love and support, things have to come to an end—but for now, at least no more pain na papa ko. I love you so much. You’re always in my heart," she continued.

Liza revealed Martin’s battle with stage 4 cancer in July—a year after his diagnosis. 

He served as DILG undersecretary under the Duterte administration after his appointment in January 2018. He was also the chairman of the Violence Against Crime and Corruption organization.